Now you’ve gone and hurt Bono’s feelings

An impoverished and oppressed Bono (he can’t even afford a second name any more) thinks online copyright infringement is “reverse Robin Hooding”:

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 — and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.

Funny, it seems to be the rich publishers who are kicking up the biggest stink and suing ordinary people (including grandmothers and little kids) for ludicrous sums of money, but maybe Bono has a solution?

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.

Ah – oppressive online monitoring. And has America stopped child pornography? And, even if China’s approach has “worked” in crippling its citizens’ freedom, is it really something we should emulate?


An evil website, piratebay.org, that enables people who disagree with Bono’s piracy philosophy to illegally download his albums, even though it makes baby Jebus cry.

And, while we’re on the subject, why should our governments spend the taxes we pay (but you avoid paying) chasing money for you and your mates in the RIAA?

Still, at least he managed to write an anti-infringement piece without misusing the word “theft”. That’s something, I suppose.

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5 responses to “Now you’ve gone and hurt Bono’s feelings

  1. come to think of it the last album i went out and paid for with my own money was U2’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’, which SUCKED.

    seriously, i listened to it in my car, maybe twice, and it’s been sitting in my bottom drawer at work ever since.

    so bono, shut the f**k up and go back to making decent music.

  2. Who’s fault is it that fledgling content authors can’t make a living off ticket sales and merchandise? No, it’s not those ignoble, struggling record labels, managers, distributors. Oh yes, its those awful consumers, how dare they.

  3. he’s certainly a frontman but not for U2

  4. Doesn’t Bono live in some tax free state?

  5. Zippy the Pinhead

    Anthony_ … yep, Bono has some form. U2 shifted their financial base from Ireland to The Netherlands to avoid tax, and get this, in Ireland the tax system at the time U2 did this was setup to help subsidise young struggling musicians!

    U2 and it’s members do not give a crap about struggling artists. Recommended read is Negativeland’s Letter U and Numeral 2 (I think that’s what it’s called) – there’s a great gotcha interview with The Edge & Negativeland over copyright issues.

    (which can be found here)

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