HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE GREAT DOWNLOADING DEBATE!

With millions of file-sharing UK music fans facing the threat court, we want to know what you think...

Millions of music fans in the UK are facing the threat of court for downloading music for free – and NME.COM is launching an investigation to find out what you think about it all.

Last week it was announced that hundreds of UK file-sharers risk prosecution in an industry clampdown similar to that launched in the USA at the end of last year.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is about to introduce a new instant messaging campaign on the Internet that will warn downloaders when they are obtaining music illegally and to disable their file-sharing software or face being sued.

Today (March 30) we will begin our own investigation into whether the threat of court proceedings will put a stop to file-sharers’ illegal actions and whether downloaders really do spend less money buying music.

The BPI’s campaign comes after new figures claim the clearest evidence yet that declining album sales are directly linked to downloading. The research shows that downloaders are spending 32% less on albums and 59% less on singles from last year.

The proposed action suggests the UK music industry is moving closer to an illegal download crackdown already being implemented in the US. Since September the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has prosecuted hundreds of music fans for sharing their songs over the Internet.

To have your say in our exclusive poll, [url=]click here.

Has the download issue made you angry, outraged, scared or delighted?

Would you like to share your thoughts directly with NME? Then we want to hear from you.

Email news@nme.com telling us your opinion and leaving your contact details so we can get back to you.