File-Sharing, Copyright & Politics Serve as Muse for UK Musician

October 20, 2010 -

Indie musician Dan Bull isn’t afraid to take on politicians, fellow musicians or difficult subjects (such as file sharing and copyright). His latest music video, set the to the strains of Jay-Z’s Death of Auto-Tune, is entitled Death of ACTA, referring, of course, to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Full lyrics to the song, featuring lines such as “I'm just a citizen that's teaching you a lesson,
for restricting my freedom of expression, Yes, and deep packet inspection? squeeze that up your rectum, If your postman did that to you you'd be having him sectioned,” can be viewed on TechDirt.

The site also features a full profile of Bull, who is challenging the establishment’s view (that file sharing and copyright infringement takes money out of the mouths of artists) by releasing his songs for free—and still managing to make money.

Bull on what happened following the release of his video Dear Lily, and accompanying free song, which targeted Lily Allen, following her misguided rant against file sharing:

I made more money from music that week than I had in my entire musical career previously. I'd say it was split 50/50 between sales of my album, and donations from people who just wanted to show their appreciation. It goes to show that filesharers aren't cheapskates; they're happy to hand over a bit of cash if they know who it's going to.

Another Bull video, which can also be seen on TechDirt, targeted UK politician Peter Mandelson, the man that helped to enact the UK’s three-strikes law against file sharers.


 
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