Bono Calls For ISP Help To Stop Illegal File Sharing
January 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM (PT)
In an op-ed on the NEW YORK TIMES, U2 singer BONO pinned the key to the music industry's revenue renaissance is through Internal Service Providers monitoring illegal downloading and potentially pulling Net service to those who do it. He hoped that the movie/TV industries, which will be equally impacted by file sharing when bandwidth increases to a point where their content can be swiftly duplicated, will team up with the music business to persuade the ISPs to put the clamps on the illegal activity.
"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 wrote. "The people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.
"We're the post office, they tell us; who knows what’s in the brown-paper packages? But 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. Perhaps movie moguls will succeed where musicians and their moguls have failed so far, and rally AMERICA to defend the most creative economy in the world, where music, film, TV and video games help to account for nearly 4% of gross domestic product."