NME READERS DEFY BPI THREATS

Our poll reveals a massive percentage of you will continue to download despite the threat of legal action...

As the BPI drop their strongest hints yet that UK downloaders could face court for swapping music with each other, an exclusive NME poll has revealed that most file sharers won’t change their Internet habits one bit.

In the week that the first wave of lawsuits against serial filesharers hit mainland Europe, a spokesperson for the British recording industry told NME the BPI are willing to take action against music fans downloading and uploading free music on the Internet. By the BPI’s own figures, over seven million people are using file sharing networks illegally.

But if the BPI think their campaign to decrease people downloading music for free online will have immediate results then an exclusive NME poll published this week will make grim reading.

Readers have launched a scathing attack on the plan, saying they are angry with the BPI and will continue to access free music regardless.

Over 1,000 NME readers took part in our exclusive survey on NME.COM, and a massive 78% said the BPI’s campaign won’t make them change their downloading habits. Almost three quarters say they will continue to use free services.

For the full story see this week’s NME, dated April 10, on sale now.