Shakira Approves of Illegal Downloading
Shakira told UK's Daily Mail, "I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music... It's the democratization of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."
Last month, Allen was forced to shut down her blog after she was subjected to abuse over her firm stance over file-sharing. She wrote a piece on her MySpace page revealing her astonishment at Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien supporting illegal file-sharers.
"I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so," Allen wrote.
Record companies, songwriters and artists - particular new musicians - complain illegal downloading is robbing them of millions of pounds in income.
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