Janis Ian, the American pop-folk artist best known for her 1970s hit At Seventeen is challenging the recording industry over its attacks on file sharing.
In a commentary published on her website www.janisian.com, Ian attacks the industry's orthodoxy that free file-sharing services hurt artists and sales.
"If a music industry executive claims I should agree with their agenda because it will make me more money, I put my hand on my wallet - and check it after they leave, just to make sure nothing's missing," Ian said on the site.
She credits Napster and its progeny with sparking renewed interest in her music, at a time when she is seldom heard on contemporary-hit-obsessed radio stations.
Ian says her decision to offer free music downloads had caused a 300 per cent spike in merchandise sales, something the music industry denies it would do.
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