U2 manager proposes novel piracy crackdown

Saying that Internet and technology companies have for too long had a “free ride on music,” the veteran manager of the band U2 on Monday urged them to start “sharing their enormous revenue” with singers and songwriters.At the annual music industry trade show in the south of France, Paul McGuinness blamed broadband Internet service providers in particular for allowing mass piracy of digital music over their networks while sales of recorded music and royalty payments to musicians have plunged.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/01/28/business/piracy.phpSilicon Valley’s hippy values ‘killing music industry’

  • U2 manager urges artists to fight online piracy
  • Plea to technology gurus to take responsibility

U2’s manager yesterday called on artists to join him in forcing the “hippy” technology and internet executives he blames for the collapse of the music industry to help save it.Paul McGuinness, who has plotted the rise of the Irish group over 30 years, said technology gurus in Silicon Valley such as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates had profited from rampant online piracy without doing anything to stop it.”I suggest we shift the focus of moral pressure away from the individual P2P [peer to peer] thief and on to the multibillion dollar industries that benefit from these tiny crimes,” he said.
http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2248544,00.htmlU2 manager ‘wants end to piracy’
The manager of rock band U2 has urged internet service providers to help end illegal music downloads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Paul McGuinness called for policies on disconnecting those who acquired tracks illegally, using a speech in France to urge governments to take action.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7215226.stmU2 manager urges ISPs to help fight web piracy
The music industry should shift the focus of its battle with internet piracy towards the technological industries which have “built multibillion dollar industries on the back of our content without paying for it”, according to Paul McGuinness, manager of rock group U2.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7c9679b4-cde0-11dc-9e4e-000077b07658.htmlMusic industry finds the solution to its pirate troubles – give everything away
In the bars on the Croisette, champagne flows less freely this year, and corporate credit cards are wielded with unusual restraint. Music executives massing in Cannes for their annual conference this week are worried about piracy and about falling sales. But they believe they may have found a secret weapon in the battle – giving away all of their songs for free.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/28/piracy.digitalmediaMainstream music industry realizes the value of ‘free’
The mainstream music industry is coming to recognize a price for digital songs that might be good enough to compete with the underground exchange of tunes on the Internet: free.It is a new and abrupt acceptance in a business that has been desperate for a defense against the steady erosion in overall sales of recorded music. Last year likely saw another 10 percent decline, to $17.6 billion globally, a trade group estimates, compared with $38 billion in 1998.

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