p2pnet news | Music:- ISP’s “snouts” have been in the music industry “trough” for “too long.”
U2 general factotum Paul McGuinness says.
“In a passionate keynote speech delivered Monday during the International Managers Summit at Midem, McGuinness said it was time for artists to stand up against what he called the “shoddy, careless and downright dishonest way they have been treated in the digital age,” says the Hollywood Reporter, going on:
He spread the blame between record labels that ‘through lack of foresight and planning allowed 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 should not be responsible for what passes along their pipes.
Thieves by charter, eh?
No doubt McGuinness was hoping the European Court of Justice would rule ISPs have to hand over details about these wicked people on demand to the corporate pirates, the labels and movie studios.
But that didn’t happen.
The court has just announced its decision that EU law doesn’t compel ISPs to disclose the identities or other data of people targeted by the cartels,” p2pnet posted.
‘ First, protect the music, second, share the enormous revenues’
“There’s a lot of money in the music business but it has stopped coming to the artists,” McGuinness went on, also saying U2 long ago determined it would be, “pathetic to be great artists but not be great at business”.
Really? Like you can’t have one without the other?
But McGuinness isn’t all mouth and trousers.
“Decrying ISPs that hold up their hands in innocence when music is downloaded via their systems, he offered a comparison,” states the Hollywood Reporter.
It quotes him as saying;
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. That’s no different to an ISP, but they say they can’t do anything about it. If you steal a laptop from a store or don’t pay for your broadband service, you’ll soon be cut off and nicked.
Wonder if McGuinness is in any way related to MPAA master spinster Dan Glickman and/or RIAA ace sophist Cary Sherman who are handy with this kind of thing?
To, “great applause from the audience of music managers, McGuinness insisted that disconnection enforcement would work,” the story says, and, “I call on ISPs to do two things,” declares U2 McGu.
“First, protect the music, and second, to make a genuine effort to share the enormous revenues. They should share their ingenuity as well as the money. We must shame them. Their snouts have been at our trough for too long.”
Not at all, incidentally, as well as looking after the interests of Bono and friends, he also manages Art of Noise.
No need to stay tuned.
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