Bono Lambasts Illegal File Sharers & ISPs

Paul Hewson aka Bono, the frontman of the world famous Irish rock band, U2, has taken a break from saving the planet and has lashed out at internet piracy which has crippled the world music industry in the past couple of years.

In his editorial piece written for the New York Times, the world famous celebrity has warned the film industry not to make the ‘same mistakes’ with illegal file sharing.

He wrote that "the only thing protecting the movie and TV industries from the fate that has befallen music and indeed the newspaper business is the size of the files".

To further make his point, the musician said that based on the current advancement in broadband speeds, in a few years, people will be able to download an entire season of ‘24’ in just 24 seconds.

In the write-up which still continues to draw criticism for its economic merit and suggestions on net content policing, Bono accused major internet service providers for being ‘reverse Robin Hoods’ by benefiting from the losses sustained by the ailing music industry.

The singer/writer went on to highlight that the feasibility of tracking down illegal file sharers had already been proven by adding that "We know from America's noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China's ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it's perfectly possible to track content."

Our Comments

Bono has his views on Piracy and that's all good. However, the singer fails to provide with a balanced approach to the subject. The roaring success of iTunes, Spotify and other such services show that people are ready to pay for music and consume it in all legality.

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