Sir Elton John has added his voice to the debate among artists over the impact of file-sharing in the U.K.

The veteran artist has echoed the views of pop artist Lily Allen, who accused musicians from the Featured Artists Coalition of ignoring the damage that file-sharing is inflicting on the music industry, particularly for new acts. Lily Allen has set up a blog to gather support for her views.

The U.K. government is currently consulting on its proposals for technical measures against file-sharers, including the suspension of Internet access. The consultation is set to conclude at the end of September and Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, will then take charge of the new legislation.

Sir Elton expressed his views to Lord Mandelson. "I am of the view that the unchecked proliferation of illegal downloading (even on a 'non-commercial' basis) will have a seriously detrimental effect on musicians, and particularly young musicians and those composers who are not performing artists," he wrote.

The letter has appeared in the U.K. media and a spokesman confirms it was written by Sir Elton.

The Featured Artists Coalition made clear its position yesterday (Sept. 21) and said that talks with the labels to reach an agreement had broken down. Although the FAC is not in favor of file-sharing, particularly where there is a commercial element, it recognizes there can be promotional benefits in some cases and is firmly opposed to any measures that would suspend Internet access.

Here are some of the artist opinions on the government's proposals - for and against:

Lily Allen: I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world. For new talent though, file-sharing is a disaster as it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge. (Blog post)

Ed O'Brien, Radiohead: My generation grew up with the point of view that you pay for your music. Every generation has a different method. File sharing is like a sampler, like taping your mate's music. You go, 'I like that, I'll go and buy the album'. Or, 'you know what, I'll go and see them live.' What's going on is a huge paradigm shift. (The Times)

Dave Rowntree, Blur: The fact that file sharing goes on, and is as popular as it is, is an incredibly positive thing for the music industry. The fact is that music is so popular that people are willing to break the law to get it. Can you have a big red button that Peter Mandelson can press and the problem goes away? No. You're on the back foot constantly. As soon as you bring out a method to stop it, they find new methods to get round it. You have to deal with the way the world is. We have to try and bring these people into the fold of doing it legitimately, but with a light touch. (The Times)

James Blunt: Peter Mandelson is looking to engage the Internet service providers who, in my opinion, handle stolen goods, and should take much more responsibility. How this legislation pans out, and if it goes through at all, is critical to the survival of the British music business; critical to thousands of jobs; and critical to our ability to nurture and develop great musicians and the songs and albums that we would hope to listen to in the future. (Letter to the Times)

Nick Mason, Pink Floyd: The last thing we want to be doing is going to war with our fanbase. File sharing means a new generation of fans for us. It's a great thing to have another generation discovering your music and thinking you're rather good. File sharing plays a part in that, because that generation don't do it any other way. (The Times)

Gary Barlow, Take That: I agree with every single sentence [by Lily Allen]. I spend so much of my spare time helping up-and-coming artists find their way, so am fully aware of all the issues in your letter. (Blog post)

Fran Healy, Travis: I think if you can afford to buy a record then you should buy it. People who hunt down a record and download it for free will probably talk it up. They are the unsung word-of-mouthers who spread the word and create tipping point situations for a greedy record business that has got so fat it is unable to see its own footsoldiers. (The Times)

Mark Ronson: I agree with Lily. Illegal file-sharing is tearing at and could eventually destroy the fabric of what makes the U.K. recording industry and musical community the most forward-thinking and artist nurturing in the world. From someone who's worked very in-depth with labels on both sides of the Atlantic, I've always felt extremely grateful to have the ear of more adventurous, innovative U.K. labels when projects have fallen on deaf ones in America.

The points that Lily made about illegal file-sharing directly effecting the creative freedom of A&Rs and, more importantly, the kind of acts that they sign is what threatens the greatness of the U.K. music scene, the greatness that makes the rest of the world look to us to see where the future of music is headed. From the Beatles to Amy Winehouse, the Smiths to Florence + the Machine, none of these acts would have been given the chance to make records, grow and flourish in any other place other than here. And I cannot express enough how important it is that we protect that; without it, we will be living in and responsible for a world dominated by meritless and disposable cookie-cutter 'Pop Idol' musical refuse. (Blog post)

Björn Ulvaeus, Abba: It makes me angry when those who want to get round copyright on the Internet evoke a faceless and immensely powerful "intellectual property industry" as their main enemy just because it suits them. Those under attack are people of flesh and blood, who are passionate about their profession. When I speak with younger colleagues about their current situation, I feel a strong sense of compassion for them and understand their anxiety about the future. Some of them feel that their work is being degraded. Patronising crusaders for the right to fileshare say: "Why don't they go on tour and sing for their supper?" This argument shows a staggering ignorance of the fact that the people who write the songs are, more often than not, not performers. They are producers and songwriters, full stop. (The Times)