Ah, Paul McGuinness. U2's manager has been on something of a crusade over the past few years. Every few months, he pops up to blame every other industry for not paying musicians enough money. There was Google
, ISPs and device makers
and, of course, evil bloggers
. He's also claimed that free is the enemy
. Anyway, he's at it again. In an interview with Sky News, he once again says that tech firms aren't doing enough to give money to musicians
"I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify would get their act together," he said.
"It's not the downloading that's the problem. It's a bit of ingenuity and generosity that's required from the people who are making money from the internet."
The very next sentence in that article:
Mr McGuinness was speaking after learning that U2's 360 tour, which began in Barcelona in June 2009, has now become the highest grossing of all time.
So, let me get this straight. He wants the people who are making money to "get their act together" and start figuring it out how to share with others because of "generosity." So... um... can I ask, how much of this tour revenue is U2 sharing with other musicians? Just curious. And how much are they sharing it with the internet companies whose services they used to spread the news of the tour and the album? Again... just curious.