I had a thought, and now I have a question – it relates to BBC 6Music and the Digital Economy Bill. Here it is: If BBC 6Music disappears, will piracy increase as people who used to listen to 6Music start looking for/accessing new music in a different way?
One of the arguments in favour of 6Music that I’ve been hearing a lot is that it gives its listeners a wider range of music and breaks more new music than say Radio 1 and Radio 2. If this avenue were to disappear, would its listeners (who are already, necessarily, digitally inclined) turn to downloading music from other sources in order to taste and test new bands? And if so, how does trimming back BBC Radio make sense if we’re also looking to cut music piracy (which, I have plenty of opinions on the DE bill, but still)?