January 28, 2008 10:54 PM Subscribe
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Paul McGuinness, longtime manager of the band U2, has called on governments to compel ISPs to introduce mandatory French-style service disconnections
to stop unauthorized downloading.
McGuinness criticized Radiohead's "In Rainbows" pay-what-you-want business model
, saying that "the majority of downloads were through illegal P2P download services like BitTorrent and LimeWire".
He accuses ISPs, telcos, device makers, and numerous specifically named companies such as Apple, Google, Yahoo!, Oracle, and Facebook of building "multi billion dollar industries on the back of our content without paying for it", and of being "makers of burglary kits" who have made "a thieve's charter" to steal money from the music industry. The full text of his speech
has been posted on U2's website.