Skip to comments.Bono calls for control over Internet downloads
Posted on 01/03/2010 5:58:33 AM PST by decimon
WASHINGTON (AFP) Irish rock star Bono called Sunday for tougher controls over the spread of intellectual property over the Internet, arguing that file swiping and sharing hurt creators of cultural products.
"A decade?s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators -- in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can?t live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us," Bono noted.
The singer pointed out that the US effort to stop child pornography and China?s effort to suppress online dissent indicate that it is "perfectly possible to track" Internet content.
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Once established, you want your world closed to competition. Rules rule.
Typical celebrity marxist: they want free sharing of everything and forced government charity; but when it starts to cut into their income, it’s suddenly wrong.
Liberals like Bono want to control everything.
I’ll tell you what, Bonehead.
I’ll support putting a stop to people downloading your music for free when you put a stop to people taking my earnings (and the earnings of millions of Americans who are just getting by) through taxation and giving that money to all those third-world countries that are your pets.
Its for the chilruun dontchaknow.
It seems large corporate entities, like U2, always lobby governments to protect their assets.
Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?
To me this is karma.... too bad.
Same guy who wants us to share our wealth to 3rd world dictators.
But not his property.
I remember reading much the same about you a few years ago.
The old Laz was fun, unlike the new mellow Laz.
That would surely rankle Mr. Bono.
It's funny how leftist asshats have no problem employing gestapo tactics to protect their money. In fact it's down right hilarious how they promote the forced confiscation of everyone’s wealth to support their pet projects, yet want governments to track down and punish people that are confiscating theirs. What happened to their “from each according to their ability to each according to their needs” philosophy?
What a guy!
Someone recently accurately described Bono as a “mountebank”. I wish it were me.
If your music is worthless, shouldn’t it be free?
Didn't "crony capitalist" come from the Marxist fold?
However, I never really bought the argument that each act of piracy is indeed a lost sale. Methinks most of the people doing the pirating would have never bought legitimate copies of the content anyway, as opposed to physical goods being stolen, which does indeed represent a lost sale.
That would surely rankle Mr. Bono.
Maybe when he's finished sheltering his assets from taxes he can call me and we'll talk about it...
Bryan, you naild him.
He wants every person in Africa to share my paycheck, but his art work must be protected as his personal property.
What a Jacka$$. Protect him and screw everyone else...
Bono should be focusing his energy on figuring out how he became such a crappy songwriter after Achtung Baby. I would happily cough up $15 for anything that comes close to The Unforgettable Fire or Joshua Tree.
Most musicians are finding that putting their music up on YouTube is the best free advertising they can get and pushes up their live performance attendance. I think this is trend that is irreversible and, while it may hurt some of the top draws like U2, it allows the unknowns to climb up the ladder. For example I discovered Brandi Carlile on YouTube and plan to go to her live performance when she shows up in Anaheim next March. No YouTube video would mean at least one less Anaheim ticket sale. I think my example is pretty common.
And while putting your own video on YouTube hardly makes it public domain it has the same affect. There are many tools for downloading YouTube videos to your computer, many in HD formats, that are perfectly suitable for viewing on your Ethernet or computer connected HDTV. If this wasn't benefiting the great majority of the today's musicians then they wouldn't be allowing it to happen. Google/YouTube will certainly delete any copyright material on request and, AFAIK, only Warner Records has elected to do so. I predict Warner will reverse that policy at some point in the future when they start to lose clients because of it.
Him and the Horse he rode in on and the smithy that shoe’d the horse.
I call for control over bonehead bono. You stink and so does your attempt at “entertainment”. Get lost you cultural freak.
Irish? I thought U2 became a Dutch band for tax evasion purposes.
OH wait, you are already a laughing stock who produces nothing anyone would want to steal anyway. my bad
The first album I ever bought was "Meet the Beatles" back in 1964. I paid $2.98 for it.
Now, back to our scheduled thread . . . .
well just for the record... comparatively speaking, Sonny actually had a bit of talent. The other Bono just runs around wanting to be the next Gandhi
The downloading criminals are simply navigating using the moral-compass HE, Bono, helped calibrate... and he doesn’t like the neverland it pointed them to?
Well booo friggin hooo. Let them all fight it out whilst marrooned on Alcatraz Island.
Back when Bono and Kennedy were skiing into trees, I considered a campaign to send ski tickets to all in Congress. But that could have invited a knock on the door. Or through the door.
But what would this Bono think of an avalanche of donated ski tickets?
Methinks the bloke has a bit o’ the ol capitalist mentality going on here. “I live off t-shirt and ticket sales”???? Share the wealth, man! Give the struggling artists a cut of your take! And give The People what they want - free music for all! Down with capitalist pig rock stars like Bono!
Hey Bono, here is a deal ... we can have people stop downloading your music for free as soon as freeloading asswipes that vote for your party of choice stop “downloading” the results of my time and efforts through government collection agencies with guns.
Take this Bono. Copyright laws ought to be treated like patents. You get a set time to make your millions, and after that they cease protection. Copyright protection is so skewed now they gets used to protect the work of composers who died 100 years ago.
Its the age of the internet Bono — all music should enter the public domain at some point.
“Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?”
Drugs? Self-Righteousness? Hubris? IRS?
“Bono should be focusing his energy on figuring out how he became such a crappy songwriter after Achtung Baby. I would happily cough up $15 for anything that comes close to The Unforgettable Fire or Joshua Tree.”
I admit - I really enjoyed “Atomic Bomb”
But it appears Bono doesn’t like his personal property confiscated?
huh - fancy that. Join the club.
Many times I've downloaded a song onto my computer only to go out and buy the entire CD because I wanted to play the music in my car or at work.
My point being is that sometimes downloading leads to MORE sales for the artist(s).
Bono just another One-World Liberal Globalist who believes that he is above everyone else...and laws should apply only to the lesser people. His support of Communist China “regulating the internet” should scare everyone.
As for young and new artists....a lot of them are breaking out now because of file sharing and downloading....its only geezers like Bono who must still subscribe to old, failed methods of media distribution.
He must be a Christian--according to the article linked in post 15 above he has his own personal priest.
Bono: “I don’t have enough money, even though I earned more than $123 million in 2009 alone”
“U2 racked up the highest-grossing North American tour of 2009, pulling in $123 million at the box office in a year in which overall concert business was one of the music industry’s remaining bright spots.”
Bono: ‘I’m overpaid, so shoot me’
Bono, the multi-millionaire rock star and frontman of U2, has admitted that he is overpaid but dismissed claims of hypocrisy for preaching about poverty in developing countries.
Earlier this year, leading charities including Oxfam attacked U2 for moving their business to the Netherlands where there is virtually no tax on royalties. It deprived Ireland of revenue and the government then cut its overseas aid budget.
(Instead of prime rib, try this, Mr. Moore--affordable, given your new, tiny salary):