In March 2000, the Libertines met Banny Pootschi, a lawyer with Warner Chappell Music Publishing. Recognizing its potential, it played an active role in their management. They recorded „Legs XI“, a series of their 8 best tracks at the time (and later a popular bootleg recording among fans). But by December 2000, they had not yet been signed, which led Dufour, Hassall and Pootchi to separate from the Libertines.   The Libertines were praised for their close relationship with the fans. The band befriended several of its fans, and its guerrilla-gigs allowed loyal fans to see them in close proximity. The film Fuck the Police, directed in 2003 by Anne McCloy, was such an appearance in the Chambers of Albion, when the police searched and closed an impromptu concert following complaints from angry neighbors. Doherty has published the „Albion Books“ online, freely sharing his personal thoughts and feelings. He has also often posted on fan forums. This allowed fans to get a deep insight into his life and to strengthen the relationship between the band and the audience. They were also very free with their recordings, songs published for free on the Internet and on word of mouth propaganda. This allowed their fans to listen to unfinished songs or ideas, some of which became finished versions on the albums, some of which were rejected. The volatility and adency of the relationship with Doherty was an important, if not essential, aspect of his live music and performances.
Doherty has often posted via Barét in the Libertines forum; In a 2003 article, which referred to a 1997 incident in which Bart wanted to make a suicide pact, Doherty wrote, „Let`s keep going, I love you, I love you so much.“ About his separation from Doherty in 2004, he said, „There was a time when I almost, just to be close to him, started taking full heroin.“  Meanwhile, he had set up a weekly club party called Dirty Pretty Things (a later dispute required him to rename Bright Young Things) at Club Infinity in the West End. On the day Doherty left the Priory for the second time, he went to the club and spoke to Barét, with Hassall and Powell also present. Doherty told him he would go to Wat Tham Krabok in Thailand to become clean. The Libertines played a short set that night: it was the last time they had played together for more than six years, and the last time Doherty spoke with Barét for more than nine months.  During the recording of Up the Bracket and the subsequent tour, Doherty`s drug use had increased sharply (he was using both cocaine and heroin at that time) and his relationship with the rest of the group deteriorated. The group had become fragile, and some of that tension was visible in its performances. Doherty has spoken in the Books of Albion, his personal collection of notes, thoughts and poems, and also more and more often in the libertines.org Fan Forums. His posts and writings at that time were unpredictable: at times he seemed distressed and angry; In others, he looked calm and happy.
The band has been compared to many classic British rock bands, as their angle with rock is only British. Their sound is often compared to that of The Jam and The Kinks, as well as the first album and first singles of The Clash. You may be the closest to the pioneer rockers, the Buzzcocks. Morrissey is another strong influence cited by the band members. Many of their texts refer to elements of British life, use English slang/cockney and are sung in a slut who sounds almost drunk. In their attitude, they are sometimes compared to the Sex Pistols because of their chaotic and energetic live performances.  The Libertines` texts sometimes refer to their idea of sailing on the „good ship Albion to Arcadia.“ This idea was particularly important for Doherty, who continued to write for babyshambles. He thinks Arcadia is a utopia without rules or authority.  When he was released in October 2003, he was waiting for Doherty outside the prison gates.