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Lily Allen accused of mixtape 'piracy'

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Lily Allen accused of mixtape 'piracy'

Rex Features

Lily Allen has been accused of pirating other artists' work as part of two promotional "mixtapes" she made earlier in her career.

The 50-minute and one-hour mp3 compilations intersperse snippets of Allen's own music with excerpts from tracks by other artists, including Jay-Z, Beats International and The Kinks.

Both files are still currently available to download from Allen's official webpage controlled by record label EMI, Techdirt reports.

In response to a comment from the technology newsite on her now-deleted blog, Allen said: "I made those mixtapes five years ago. I didn't have a knowledge of the workings of the music industry back then.

"Anyway the snippets of songs you hear on those mixtapes are about 30 seconds to one minute in length, in traditional mixtape style.

"It is infringement, correct, but it's not my site, it's EMI's. I am not a hypocrite, I don't illegally download music, and I still think unauthorised file sharing is wrong."

Michael Masnick responded on Techdirt: "Just like you mocked the FAC artists for having an unfair advantage for being big, you seem to be in the same position. You want to take away tools from up-and-coming artists that you yourself used.

"You were the one who created the mixtapes, correct? You were the one who infringed and uploaded them and offered them to the world. That they're now on a site controlled by EMI is quite besides the point."

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