Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has slammed the jail sentences given to the founders of filesharing site Pirate Bay.
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody: Music downloads? F**king go for it
Lightbody, singer and songwriter of Snow Patrol, the most successful Northern Ireland export since Van Morrison, said the year-long terms are “way over the top”.
The four men, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, were also fined $4.5m (£3m) for copyright infringement.
Lightbody also told The Big Issue that he wasn’t against illegal music downloads.
“I’m not anti-filesharing at all. This is the modern way.
“We’ve brought it on ourselves and you have to live in the society you created.
“Music is available to everyone if they know how to get. I say f**king go for it.“
He added that he paid for all his own music, however. “I love getting an album back and looking through the booklet and the artwork,” he said.
“That’s lost when you download it.” (Source: Belfast Telegraph)