Dan Bull – Home Taping is Killing Music

Here at Buzzin Music we feel strongly about the Governments views on clamping down on file sharing on the internet-the very reason that the concept was developed was to share information and we feel that users have a fundamental right to continue doing so.

In Spain a couple of years ago it was declared in court that a serial downloader had no case to answer against the music publishers as he used the files for his own personal use and had never attempted to sell or loan the material that he had accumulated.

That sounded like a fair outcome to me, but in the UK it appears that the Government is having it’s strings pulled by the major players in the entertainments industry and have outlined their anti file sharing proposals as part of the Digital Economy Bill.

Back in the seventies and eighties the same record companies decided that Home Taping Was Killing The Music Industry and Talk Talk have commissioned musician Dan Bull to make a recording along those lines in it’s own campaign against the government’s plans to disconnect alleged filesharers.

The tongue-in-cheek video features 80s legends Madonna, George Michael and Adam Ant (well, actually it’s just a trio of look-alikes) lip-synching to the song; Top Of The Pops style.

Dan Bull, who composed the song to accompany the video (created by an ex-Top Of The Pops director), had this to say about his creation:

“As a musician, I’m against the Government’s filesharing proposals as they would misguidedly hurt music fans. Disconnecting thousands of users suspected of filesharing wouldn’t suddenly mean that people would go out there and buy more music. The internet has fundamentally changed the way we listen to tunes, watch films and so on, so we actually need to think of new ways of how we make a living out our creative efforts.”

Dan Bull – Home Taping Is Killing Music


TalkTalk has also carried out some research which shows that the majority of music fans will switch to alternative ways of accessing copyright-protected content for free if using peer-to-peer (P2P) services leaves them vulnerable to disconnection. You can read TalkTalk’s press release here.

If you feel as strongly as we do about this governments proposals sign this ‘Don’t disconnest us’ petition to abolish the proposed law now.

MP3 – the great download the debate

For the past decade the music industry has been concerned with free distribution and downloading of MP3 files on the internet, especially on peer-to-peer sites that share folders among its members. The first many heard of this was when Metallica took Napster to court in 2000 when they discovered that a demo of their song ‘I Disappear’ had been circulating across the Napster network, and eventually turned up being played on radio stations even before its release.

But the major issue facing the global music industry for the past few years has been the debate whether to add locking to MP3 music files with DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Last month, Amazon announced the launch of a digital music store selling DRM-free tracks, allowing customers to play their downloaded music on any device. This move was is in direct competition with Apple, whose iTunes stores is the leading digital music retailer, and includes DRM on all its MP3’s.

DRM is a code that restricts how files can be played and shared. Tracks with DRM can typically only be played on the device that they were first downloaded to.

Other players in the market, such as the American superstore giants, Wal-Mart and Universal Music have used the debate to their advantage by selling DRM-free tracks. With Amazon’s new store, the industry is firmly divided into those selling downloads with DRM and those opposed to DRM.