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Radiohead's Ed O'Brien Believes Illegal Download Not Leading to Bankruptcy

January 25, 2010 (6:25 am) GMT
Radiohead's star Ed O'Brien gets confused by the music industry's exclamation which states that pirates is killing the industry, because he is certain they still benefit from merchandise and tickets.
Ed O'Brien, Radiohead

star Ed O'Brien is adamant the internet is not "killing" the music industry - because fans who illegally download albums still spend cash on merchandise and concert tickets. The guitarist, a member of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), has waded into a debate over the British government's proposal to launch a crackdown on internet service providers who refuse to ban illegal file-sharing.

He insists the record industry will not collapse as a result of online trading - but bosses need to offer cheaper music in order to survive. O'Brien says, "I have a problem when people in the industry say it's killing the industry, it's the thing that's ripping us apart. I don't actually believe it is... (Pirates) might not buy an album, but they're spending their money buying concert tickets, a t-shirt, whatever."

"It's an analogue business model in a digital era. The business model has to change. You've got to license out more music - have more Spotifys, more websites selling more music. You've got to make it slightly cheaper to get music in order to compete with the peer-to-peers. I find it staggering that the industry seems to be really dragging its heels on this - this is stuff that you could do in one week. Move quicker!"

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