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U2 Manager Calls on ISPs, Governments to End Illegal Downloading

January 29, 2008 10:45 AM ET

While Bono continues working on the "Red" campaign and the rest of the band plugs concert film U2 3D, longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness has taken on a crusade of his own. During his keynote address at the International Managers Summit in Cannes, McGuinness called for an end to illegal music downloading and placed much of the blame squarely at the feet of Internet service providers. He also called out record labels for their lack of foresight and governments for not holding ISPs responsible for what pumps through their wires. McGuinness wants to secure the financial future for all bands. "There's a lot of money in the music business, but it has stopped coming to the artists," he said during his well-received speech. "U2 decided a long time ago that it would be pathetic to be great artists but not great at business."

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