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Thursday 14 December 2017

U2 manager urges tough piracy rules

U2 manager Paul McGuinness today warned that Ireland has an extremely bad reputation for protecting artists' works after a judge exposed inadequate laws to combat illegal downloads.

The pop music mogul 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.

Mr McGuinness called on the Government to do its job and create the legal basis to punish internet piracy.

"This is extremely bad for the international reputation of Ireland as a jurisdiction with appropriate legal protection for all kinds of intellectual property and copyright generally," the U2 manager said.

Mr McGuinness said yesterday's High Court ruling warned of a gaping hole in copyright legislation and left responsibility at the door of Government.

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