April 8, 2010 12:00

Laura Marling: 'Illegal downloaders shouldn't be criminalised' - NME's 10 covers special

Singer/songwriter speaks about internet culture

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Laura Marling has said that she says that people who illegally download music should not be criminalised.

The London singer/songwriter, speaking as one of the 10 cover stars in a special edition of a revamped NME out this week (April 7), said that people shouldn't be persecuted for downloading music free because it was naïve to expect them not to.

"I don't think people should be criminalised for getting music for free because it's there, it's offered to them," she said. "It's promised to them by the internet server people, it's promised to them by the phone companies. I think it's their responsibility."

The special covers have been put together to mark the launch of the new NME. The magazine has been completely revamped with new front, features and reviews sections, plus an update for NME's iconic logo.

You can read a digital version of this week's magazine online now.

The 10 covers can be viewed on NME.COM right now and feature the following:

1. Jack White
2. Florence And The Machine
3. LCD Soundsystem
4. Rihanna
5. Kasabian
6. Laura Marling
7. Foals
8. MIA
9. Biffy Clyro
10. Magnetic Man


To celebrate the special edition, Golden Tickets are being hidden in copies of this week's issue of NME. The five tickets will be hidden across the UK and in issues sent out via subscription, and will entitle the finder to two tickets to one of this year's festivals including the Reading And Leeds Festivals, V Festival and T In The Park.

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