U2 manager, Paul McGuinness (right) has called upon Internet Service Providers to introduce draconian policies aimed at disconnecting file sharers, music pirates and other ne’er-do-wells. During the International Managers Summit at the MIDEM music conference, McGuinness also urged governments to ensure that ISPs kick back at the little guy.
He blamed the record companise for allowing “a range of industries to arise that let people steal music”, Silicon Valley companies that create marvelous devices but “don’t think of themselves as makers of burglary kits”, and governments who “created a thieves’ charter” by agreeing that ISPs are not responsible for what their customers get up to.
“If you were a magazine advertising stolen cars, handling the money for stolen cars and seeing to the delivery of stolen cars, the police would soon be at your door,” he said. “That’s no different to an ISP, but they say they can’t do anything about it”
Obviously the audience of music managers lapped it up.
McGuinness later went on to say that the majority of people who downloaded Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” probably did it through “illegal” services like BitTorrent and Limewire.
When are musicians and their management going to realise that their glory days are over? I’m not saying that they shouldn’t make money, but there’s making money and then there’s making money. I’m not bothered if they’re scraping together a few pennies for a hot meal and a bath, but when that meal is caviar and that bath is gold plated… then I get a tad annoyed.
I don’t want to be paying for a mansion that will one day be featured on “Cribs” or to fuel some coke-fiend’s habit. Successful, talented musicians make more than enough money to live a normal life; it’s time they realised that if they’re doing it for the money, they’re in the wrong industry.