Copyright in tatters -- U2 boss
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has warned that Ireland has an extremely bad reputation for protecting artists' work after a judge ruled Irish laws do not permit the courts to block illegal downloading and file sharing of copyrighted material.
Known as the 'fifth member of U2', the 59-year-old called on the Government to urgently reform rules on internet piracy, making it an offence to share files and access songs, films and games online for free.
"This is extremely bad for the international reputation of Ireland as a jurisdiction with appropriate legal protection for intellectual property and copyright generally," he said.
"Though the court ruling is a major blow to the recorded music and movie industries, there are many other Irish-based businesses and industries threatened by copyright theft. The Government must, as a matter of urgency, implement the required EU legislation without delay."