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12 September 2003
Lene-record for free on the Internet
Source : VG
Lene Marlin's new album "Another Day" is already available for free on the Internet, 10 days before it is being released in the stores. The record company is confounded and wants to stop the piracy.

Eavesdropping: Fans worldwide have impatiently been waiting for Lene Marlin's second album. Now, the waiting period has been shortened by a short two weeks for those who wants to go on the Internet and download the album "Another Day" for free.

- I hope we can get to stop these people we're talking about this time around, and confine the damages, we wish to locate those who've put this out and send them a bill, says Norwegian responsible Hans Olav Grøttheim at EMI and Virgin.

- This is not about boyish pranks, these internet pages are professional, he underscores.

Might lose a lot

Lene Marlin's second album "Another Day" is now available for download at several sites on the Internet. It took only a few minutes yesterday before VG found the content from the CD on the website, until all the ten songs on the record were downloaded in mp3 format with good sound quality. The single "Another Day" has been in stores since Monday, while the complete album will be in retail sale on the 22nd of September.

- This is not controlled from your side?

- Not at all. That it's out on the net already now could inflict both us, the artist, and the producer large economical damage. We have invested a lot of time and money making a great product for the fans, and to take care of Lene's artistic ambitions. We wish for everything to be of good quality. It's not a nice thing to do stealing an album, it's not fair to the artist and the producer and many others who have put down many years of work in this.

- Cynical business-men

He gets provoked by the backers earning handy money on the piracy.

- Be aware of that we're talking about cynical business-people making money on other's hard work. These pages are made in such a way that you are forced to sit and watch advertisements for a lot of crap products while you download the music. It's important for us that the general audience understands who's making a profit of this. This is both illegal and morally reprehensible, Grøttheim thinks.

- How could this happen?

- It's totally regular. Now it's 10 days left to the relase. The album is done at the fabric, and on its way into storage, so there's many who have access to snatching a copy. Review-copies are also on their way out, so it could be everything from lorry-drivers to the packing crew who have done this.

- Are you going to accelerate the release now?

- No, that's not an option.

Grøttheim says he hasn't downloaded and listened to "Another Day" from the net, but believes it's very probable that it's the final version that's now lying just a couple of key presses away for the net users. Earlier this year, Radiohead experienced that the first version of the album "Hail to the Thief" could be downloaded from the Internet before the band was finished with the work in the studio.

- That's just disgraceful. One thing is to steal the finished product, another thing is to not let the artist finish his work at all. It's like grabbing a half-made picture out of the hands of a painter, you could destroy the whole career of an artist in this way, Grøttheim believes.

Translation by Tef Johs


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