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Alien on Acid said in Settembre 8th, 2010 at 18:03

ecchelollì! Manager U2 opens old discussion again about ISP’s needing to stop illegal downloading

U2’s manager Paul McGuinness has criticised Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for not doing more to stop music being illegally downloaded. It’s not the first time he has voiced this in public. But this time he is calling on those in charge to take steps against customers illegally file-sharing on their networks.

McGuinness: “I am convinced that ISPs are not going to help the music and film industry voluntarily. Some things have got to come with the force of legislation, President Sarkozy understood that point when he became the first head of state to champion laws to require ISPs to reduce piracy in France.”

And legislation is possible. In Britain for instance new anti-piracy laws were passed in April’s Digital Economy Act. This makes that both Britain and France now have a legal environment for rebuilding the “battered music business” to quote McGuinness.

McGuinness believes that online music services such as Spotify could pave the wave forward providing it is able to collect revenue from its users and advertisers and able to pass on those sums to the artists, labels and publishers.

But the most noticeable remark from McGuinness comes when he says: “Households will pay for a subscription service like Spotify, or they will pay for a service bundled into their broadband bill, to an ISP such as Sky and Virgin Media. But many customers will also take out more expensive added-value packages, with better deals, including faster access to new releases.”

The critic McGuinness is airing coïncides with remarks Side-Line made in the past stating that ISP’s should be the ones filtering out illegal downloads and also make it possible giving their consumers access to a valid alternative at a reasonable subscription fee where heavy downloaders pay more than the ‘normal’ users.

Would you use such a service or do you prefer downloading illegally (and thus ripping off artists and labels – truth hurts does it…)?


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B16 said in Settembre 8th, 2010 at 20:03



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