Jeremy Corbyn hits out at music piracy as he promises to ‘democratise the internet’

Labour leader says piracy means that 'musicians do not get paid'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has published a digital democracy manifesto and spoken out against music piracy in a speech today.

Speaking in east London, Corbyn said he wanted to “democratise the internet” and proposed a “digital bill of rights”.

The Guardian reports that during his speech Corbyn said “many people are frightened of new technology” and claimed that “some MPs do not turn on their computers because they do not know how to”.


“Downloading music for free sounds fine,” Corbyn reportedly said. “But this means musicians do not get paid. That is why digital rights are so important.”

Corbyn went on to say that his plans would “rebuild and transform Britain so that no one and no community is left behind”.

The leader’s manifesto reads: “the human right of personal privacy should give legal protection for British citizens from not only unwarranted snooping on their on-line activities by the security services, but also unjustified surveillance by CCTV and other hi-tech methods within the workplace”.

Corbyn will go up against Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest in September.

Meanwhile, Billy Bragg has reaffirmed his support for Corbyn after a newspaper report suggested that he had branded the Labour Party leader “stuck in the last century”.

“I worry about Jeremy that he’s a kind of 20th century Labour man,” Bragg was quoted by The Times as saying. “We need to be reaching out to people. We need to be working with everybody we can because you can see what happens to a political party that becomes tribalist. We can’t afford to go down that route if we are to retain the ability to represent ordinary working people.”


Bragg later branded the article “b/s” and accused The Times, who ran his quotes under the headline “Corbyn is stuck in the last century says Bragg”, of “twisting my words to attack Corbyn”. Bragg insisted: “I remain a JC supporter”.