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U2's Bono blames ISPs for piracy

The singer argued that online file sharing is hurting music and film creators and placed much of the blame on bandwidth providers.
Written by Greg Sandoval, Contributor on
Ever since Paul McGuinness, manager of the rock band U2, began lashing out at Internet service providers (ISPs) for allegedly profiting from and encouraging illegal file sharing, U2 fans have wondered whether McGuinness spoke for the band.

Bono, U2's outspoken frontman, cleared that up this weekend. As part of a op-ed piece in The New York Times, the singer argued that online file sharing is hurting music and film creators and placed much of the blame on bandwidth providers.

"A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators," Bono wrote. "In this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can't live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us."

For more, read "Bono risks becoming next Lars Ulrich" on CNET News.

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