Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Duffy - right click, save as

Duffy isn't, it turns out, all that bothered by illegal filesharing:

"It can go two ways - there are pros and cons to everything. Some people think it creates illegal access, but I think the big wheel is round, y'know? I think it's got more positives because it basically gives people access, what's the harm in that?

"Somebody asked me the other day what I thought of illegal downloading, and I thought, 'You know what? I don't care', because I think the majority [doing it] are kids and as they get old and get more income they'll probably buy records. So it's just making music a part of everyone's lives."

Not to mention, of course, that as they get older many of them will make records - given that there's been a pretty solid decade of music flowing online now, and given that file sharing is so prevalent, it's almost inarguable that younger artists whose record companies are trying to protect from file-sharing would have been file-sharers themselves. It was easy for Britney to say it was wrong with a fairly clear conscience - but any popstar in their early 20s is hardly going to be able to take the same line, are they?

None of this, though, actually helps us in making sense of what Duffy means by "the big wheel is round".


M.C. Glammer said...

Maybe she means the wheel of the bandwagon she and Amy were driving that Sharleen Spiteri has just jumped on in a shocking display of creativity theft. There ought to be a law.

Jim Finnis said...

She's Welsh-speaking, so perhaps it's a Welsh proverb - "crwn yw'r olwyn mawr" or something like that. There's bloody hundreds of them, and most of them make no sense. Just like English ones I suppose.

Laura Brown said...

Google strongly suggests that Duffy is the only person ever to have said this, at least within earshot of the Internet. And Courtney Love thinks she's so smart.

I wonder, though, if some non-Welsh reporter misheard her. "The big wheel goes round" would make some sense as a metaphor in this context. I'll be keeping an eye out to see if Geoff Pullum mentions this on Language Log (it could happen if the story made it into Metro).

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