U2 manager urges artists to take business as seriously as music

News: 17th August 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Artist Managers, Finance, Law & Music Business, Selling & Distributing Your Music

Paul McGuinness spoke out about his views on filesharing at Midem two years back. Fast forward to 2010 and the manager of U2 has contributed an article to GQ magazine in which he covers the same topic, as he continues to drill his message home. McGuinness is an avid believer that filesharing is unexcusable theft and one of his answers to the ongoing piracy issues that the music industry faces is for ISPs to implement the 3 strikes rule.

Whilst he is quick to admit that these issues are not a huge worry to bands with the stature of U2, he insists that they are having a negative affect on emerging artists. An interesting read and McGuinness has good backing for his arguments, but as expected his views have already come under fire. The Irish Times have published a piece airing their opinions on McGuinness' arguments, which is another interesting read! Take a look at both articles for yourself below...


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