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?
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.