The Motion Sick: The Blow-Hard Manager of U2

So, Paul McGuiness apparently has a problem with technology companies… It is not enough that the band he manages just happens to have made more money than probably every Indie band ever assembled; but he’s trying to milk every last cent from various technology companies from each file-shared version of “Vertigo”.

Now, clearly I’m not saying that I endorse the illegal sharing of music; there has to be some sort of income stream for artists to continue making music; but as the RIAA litigation schemes have shown, threatening a few teens with jail time and making their parents pay out simply isn’t good business.

Several other people have much more eloquently made this point, so I’ll simply link to them here:

Farhad Manjoo at

Mike Masnick at Techdirt