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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > U2 Boss Complained About Lack of “Three-Strikes”

U2 Boss Complained About Lack of “Three-Strikes”

U2 Boss Complained About Lack of “Three-Strikes”

Added: Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Paul McGuinness, U2 band manager, recently complained about the ruling handed out by Ireland’s High Court, saying that Irish legislation doesn’t demand Internet service providers to detect and cut off unauthorized file-sharers from the Internet, which is highly bad for the international reputation of the country. McGuinness suggests that the legislators should act very quickly in order to fix the situation.


U2 boss has long been a vocal critic of peer-to-peer and unauthorized file-sharing, supporting the suggestion to disconnected illegal file-sharers from the Internet since 2008, when France was the first to begin thinking about a “three-strikes” regime.

Today, after Ireland’s High Court ruled there are no mandatory “three-strikes” for broadband providers in the country, Paul McGuinness has made it clear that he doesn’t approve of the ruling. He highlighted that such decision is extremely bad for the international reputation of the country as a jurisdiction having proper legal protection for IP and copyright.

At the recent hearing Justice Peter Charleton said that national laws don’t require Internet service providers to identify and disconnect unauthorized file-sharers. However, the judge cautioned that the absence of such legislation actually means that Ireland doesn’t comply with EU law. Therefore, the government should consider its place within the EU and address the problem. That’s what U2 boss is urging the authorities to do – provide this legislative remedy for the country without further delay.

Actually, Judge Charleton didn’t side with unauthorized file-sharing, saying that such activity undermines entertainment business and ruins the abilities of creative people in the country to earn their living. Besides, the judge was sure that illegal file-sharing destroys an important native industry.

McGuinness supports these views, arguing over the years that Internet service providers have been unfairly profiting from peer-to-peer networks, accusing broadband providers of offering faster bandwidth to facilitate the distribution of unauthorized content.

While many artists, including Radiohead, think that free albums are the real key to success, McGuinness believes that it is better to cut off your fan base from the equation, disconnecting entire households.

October 21th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-10-21 16:33:05)
capnmorgan5150 avatarF this guy. Tell him to go back to sucking Bozo's dick.

posted by (2010-10-21 18:41:55)
DopeHAT avatarDon't they have to worry about saving the planet or something...??? :)

posted by (2010-10-21 18:51:24)
No avatarim so sick and tired of hearing about "U2". who the f5678! cares about U2 anyways! We will continue to pirate all media and they will just have to comes to grips with reality that their days of fame are OVER!

posted by (2010-10-21 19:42:56)
No avatarjust a guy with to much money and time and he has the greed virus ? funny how they all crave atention then when they have made there monies they want us to play by there rules and give them money for the same old tarrie rope

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-10-21 22:36:44)
4GET avatarmcguiness is a clown who runs a circus show' long live radiohead and others bands who have the same attitude. thanks sam good read as allways.

posted by Blocked (2010-10-22 00:02:03)
menahunie avatarThe more this guy whine and cries the more stupid and pitaful he is.
This guy is a multimillionare and he is whining about money?
You have got to be F^^^ing on drugs to whine about that.
Sure "pirating" isn't right; but you have to ask why millions of people do it?
Could it be the arbitray high prices the "artists" place on their works? No it can't be since people like this guy and other RIAA and MPAA screw over the "artists". We all know where the money is really going; into the pockets of assholes like him..
The true "artists" are tired of being shafted and now that technology has gotten to the point; the "artists" ow can and do bring their "ART" STRAIGHT TO YOU AND I via the internet.
The "entertainment Industry" guys like this asshole and the greedy bastards at the Record Co. - RIAA and Movie co. - MPAA have lost their control on the market and they have hear the flushing sound and KNOW THEIR END IS NEAR.
The MPAA bitches and cry also due to severe decrease in revenue and again BLAME IT ON THE "PIRATES" YOU AND i AS THE CAUSE???
Could it be that we for so many long decades now have a choice? YES WE DO and we have been making those choices by not paying high prices for CRAP..
I know many people who download "music" but if they really really like the "music" then they find a paysite that has very high quality digital file of it and BUY IT; cutting out the Record companies cut..
Same goes for movies.. At approximatley #20.00 each where I am at and cost to go to the theater is around $100-120.00 for the family it isn't worth it. Not at the current economy and me having a huge per month pay cut..
Why spend that kind of money to watch crap?
Heck you can save allot by just buying a dvd player for around $30.00 and a bunch of $4.00 DVD's at Walwart and watch it at home. No cell phones, no babies screaming; no asshole who block your view. NO FREAKING COMMERCIALS, and most of all no fat ladies sitting next to you overflowing into your chair munching on a jar of cheeseballs from Sam's..
Me for the family assembled a high end HTPC and have a full surround sound system and 60" flat screen. Cost 2500.00.. That's about two years once a month at the movies. This also can and is used to play games on and more.. I am not the only one who's done this; on the weekends you can hear the houses down my street rumbling to movies and games..

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-10-23 02:23:41)
fusseltier avatari dont know how a no talent, non instrument playing band like U2 got so famous.
boycott U2 and anything that no talent Bono is involved in.

posted by Sun (2010-10-24 09:27:07)
nolaplum avatarBoycott U2, Bono and Bono's Agenda. Bono is a greedy jerk and Paul McGuinness is a greedy pig.

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