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Bono calls for control over Internet downloads
AFP ^ | Jan 2, 2009 | Unknown

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.

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"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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Starting out, you want the world wide open to you. No rules.

Once established, you want your world closed to competition. Rules rule.

1 posted on 01/03/2010 5:58:34 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

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.


2 posted on 01/03/2010 6:05:03 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: decimon

Liberals like Bono want to control everything.


3 posted on 01/03/2010 6:05:03 AM PST by library user
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To: decimon

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.


4 posted on 01/03/2010 6:06:01 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: decimon
Corkoman calls for a 90% tax on all rock shows by Irish bands held in arenas of >12,000 the proceeds to be sent to me.

Its for the chilruun dontchaknow.

5 posted on 01/03/2010 6:06:13 AM PST by corkoman
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To: decimon

It seems large corporate entities, like U2, always lobby governments to protect their assets.


6 posted on 01/03/2010 6:07:15 AM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: decimon

Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?


7 posted on 01/03/2010 6:07:18 AM PST by Lazamataz (America has been dead for a while; It's interesting to watch the cadaver cool.)
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To: decimon
Never heard of him, so I guess I'll not be likely to swipe his cultural contribution.
8 posted on 01/03/2010 6:08:05 AM PST by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: decimon
When I was a kid in the 60's and '70's most of my allowance went towards the $5-7 dollars for artists I like.

To me this is karma.... too bad.

9 posted on 01/03/2010 6:09:21 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: decimon

Same guy who wants us to share our wealth to 3rd world dictators.

But not his property.

Typical liberal.


10 posted on 01/03/2010 6:10:28 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Lazamataz
Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?

I remember reading much the same about you a few years ago.

The old Laz was fun, unlike the new mellow Laz.

11 posted on 01/03/2010 6:11:58 AM PST by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: Flag_This
It seems large corporate entities, like U2...

That would surely rankle Mr. Bono.

12 posted on 01/03/2010 6:13:52 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
“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.”

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?

13 posted on 01/03/2010 6:13:52 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Lazamataz
Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?

Troublesome musicians?

14 posted on 01/03/2010 6:15:05 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
From '06....

St Bono the hypocrite?

Bono, Preacher on Poverty, Tarnishes Halo With Irish Tax Move

What a guy!

15 posted on 01/03/2010 6:15:36 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: decimon

Someone recently accurately described Bono as a “mountebank”. I wish it were me.


16 posted on 01/03/2010 6:15:58 AM PST by j.argese
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To: decimon
commi-capitalist...
17 posted on 01/03/2010 6:16:23 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mewzilla
And from April of '09....

More on Bono's Tax Hypocrisy

18 posted on 01/03/2010 6:17:08 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: decimon

If your music is worthless, shouldn’t it be free?


19 posted on 01/03/2010 6:18:00 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: mewzilla
From March '09....

Tax protesters rattle U2 with hypocrisy jibes

20 posted on 01/03/2010 6:18:38 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: Chode
commi-capitalist...

Didn't "crony capitalist" come from the Marxist fold?

21 posted on 01/03/2010 6:23:27 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
Hey Bono, I think that all income above $1 million generated by entertainers should be seized by the UN and used to feed the starving children. Surely you can live on $1 million per year when there are people in Africa living on $100 per year.
22 posted on 01/03/2010 6:23:50 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: decimon
I personally approve of content piracy because it deprives leftists of revenue, and that is always a good thing.

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.

23 posted on 01/03/2010 6:23:52 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Bryanw92
Is this is the 10th anniversary of the last time anyone downloaded a Bono song or something?
24 posted on 01/03/2010 6:26:23 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 74)
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To: decimon
"It seems large corporate entities, like U2..."

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...

25 posted on 01/03/2010 6:27:22 AM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: Bryanw92

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...


26 posted on 01/03/2010 6:28:22 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: decimon

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.


27 posted on 01/03/2010 6:30:26 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: decimon
It's too late Bono.

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.

28 posted on 01/03/2010 6:34:41 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: decimon

Him and the Horse he rode in on and the smithy that shoe’d the horse.


29 posted on 01/03/2010 6:38:31 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I call for control over bonehead bono. You stink and so does your attempt at “entertainment”. Get lost you cultural freak.


30 posted on 01/03/2010 6:42:51 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: decimon
I thought he died.


31 posted on 01/03/2010 6:44:57 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: corkoman
Corkoman calls for a 90% tax on all rock shows by Irish bands held in arenas of >12,000 the proceeds to be sent to me.

Irish? I thought U2 became a Dutch band for tax evasion purposes.

32 posted on 01/03/2010 6:50:40 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Gore is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He rides an icy horse bringing cold wherever he goes.)
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To: decimon
ahh... Bono, did you not learn anything from the Lars incident?

OH wait, you are already a laughing stock who produces nothing anyone would want to steal anyway. my bad

33 posted on 01/03/2010 6:54:42 AM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: catfish1957
When I was a kid in the 60's and '70's most of my allowance went towards the $5-7 dollars for artists I like.

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 . . . .

34 posted on 01/03/2010 6:56:01 AM PST by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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The way I understood It Bono was trying to help third world countries by convincing the PTB to forgive their crushing debt.I think he's a good guy and a christian. http://www.gigwise.com/news/27265/Bono-Calls-On-World-Leaders-To-Fulfil-Promises.......
35 posted on 01/03/2010 6:56:56 AM PST by rubofthebrush
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To: MuttTheHoople

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


36 posted on 01/03/2010 6:56:56 AM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: decimon

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.


37 posted on 01/03/2010 6:58:30 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: MuttTheHoople

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?


38 posted on 01/03/2010 7:01:14 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

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!


39 posted on 01/03/2010 7:05:14 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: decimon

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.


40 posted on 01/03/2010 7:07:16 AM PST by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: decimon

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.


41 posted on 01/03/2010 7:07:57 AM PST by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
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To: Lazamataz

“Who will rid us of this troublesome muse?”

Drugs? Self-Righteousness? Hubris? IRS?


42 posted on 01/03/2010 7:08:51 AM PST by texson66 (DemonRats: Remember: They have what it takes to TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE!)
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To: Rutles4Ever

“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.


43 posted on 01/03/2010 7:17:21 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: pnh102
I don't own an IPod and probably never will.

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).

44 posted on 01/03/2010 7:28:34 AM PST by proudofthesouth (We are being governed by a Muzzie illegal alien and a corrupt Congress who no longer work for us.)
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To: decimon

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.


45 posted on 01/03/2010 7:28:46 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all FReepers)
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To: decimon
This is U2's current stage. It costs $750k per day to move it, set it up and maintain it. Perhaps Bono's band could could down-size a bit to keep a little more money for themselves. It might offset some of the lost 'intellectual property' revenue. I wonder how many people in Africa could be fed for $750k a day?


46 posted on 01/03/2010 7:34:15 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: rubofthebrush
I think he's a good guy and a christian.

He must be a Christian--according to the article linked in post 15 above he has his own personal priest.

47 posted on 01/03/2010 7:39:47 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: Right Brother

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.”


48 posted on 01/03/2010 7:39:58 AM PST by WaterBoard
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To: WaterBoard

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/6708665/Bono-Im-overpaid-so-shoot-me.html


49 posted on 01/03/2010 7:43:50 AM PST by WaterBoard
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To: Yo-Yo
>>Surely you can live on $1 million per year Oh he could live on a lot less, instead of having multi million dollar condos in NYC, etc. Why not, say $50k a year? C'mon Bono, put that commie rhetoric to work. I felt the same way about Michael Moore when his film (thankfully a flop) "Capitalism: A Love Story" came out. Michael, why not donate your salary from various projects to ease the government debt. Michael, surely you can like on a pittance a year, drive an old crappy car and only eat ramen noodles. Make minimum wage, Michael. EVERTHING WILL BE EQUAL!

(Instead of prime rib, try this, Mr. Moore--affordable, given your new, tiny salary):

50 posted on 01/03/2010 7:45:10 AM PST by raccoonradio
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