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U2 Manager Emeritus REALLY Hates Google

Paul McGuinness isn’t a fan of Google when it comes to music, characterizing it as “the greatest theft enabler on the internet.”  From MusicWeek:

U2 manager Paul McGuinness has branded Google “the greatest theft enabler on the internet” during a keynote interview at IMS in Ibiza on May 22.

In conversation with BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, McGuinness discussed piracy, streaming and the recent reported Apple and Beats deal.

The exec managed U2 for 35 years and was this year awarded Billboard’s Industry Icon Awards at Midem. He retired from the position late last year to “take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career”. Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary has since taken his place.

Discussing piracy, McGuinness suggested Google isn’t dealing with illegal links because “they don’t want to”.

“There are some vested interests that could help a lot more than they are doing,” he explained. “Google is the greatest theft enabler on the internet, when I Google YouTube music there are multiple opportunities to steal it.

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