U2 manager Paul McGuinness has called for illegal file-sharers to have their service cut off by their ISPs if they don’t change their naughty habits of downloading music without paying for it. After all, it’d be a shame if Bono loses out on his next one hundred and seventy nine billion kazillion dollars. McGuinness also said ISPs should face prosecution if they don’t participate in the crackdown.
“A simple three strikes and you are out enforcement process will see all serial illegal uploaders who resist the law face a stark choice: change or lose your ISP subscription”, he went on, describing a similar plan of action which has already been seen in France.
McGuinness has called upon U2’s good friend Steve Jobs to help with the situation, no doubt thinking he ‘owes’ them a favour after allowing Apple to release a U2 branded iPod.
“I wish he would bring his remarkable set of skills to bear on the problems of recorded music. He’s a technologist, a financial genius, a marketer and a music lover. He probably doesn’t realise it, but the collapse of the old financial model for recorded music will also mean the end of the songwriter.”
However much Jobs claims downloading illegally is ‘bad karma’, I can’t see him joining forces with Bono, or even pondering whether he’d suit some red-tinted shades.
Maybe we’ll be seeing a musical collaboration between U2, Metallica and Prince before the year is out. Raspberry Beret-Sandman on New Year’s Day, anyway?
(via Times Online)