Mark Knopfler has his own distinct opinion regarding the lawsuit intended by the music industry against Napster and the shops selling bootlegs:
"I am against this lawsuit. It
was said TV would be the end of cinema, it was said tapes would kill records and
CD burners would kill CD's, but that's not true. Technology will always progress.
The only real danger comes from countries which practise industrial piracy. I've
always encouraged the recordings of my concerts. From the stage I had fun seeing
all those little red lights of recorders and these microphones hold by fans.
That's no danger and even quite cool. Fans who buy bootlegs already own all the
official albums anyway. They do us no harm and I find these raids against
bootlegs shops ridiculous."
Interview by Sacha Reins, Le Point, 22th September 2000
Mark during a concert at the Heineken Music Hall (Amsterdam,
The Netherlands), 17th
I am sure that at least one fan made a bootleg this evening (Sailing to Amsterdam 2001)