Paul slammed Google calling them a “monopoly” and is speaking out against the way it displays illegal download sites in search results.
Why has Paul been so vocal? Google may have poked a nerve with its campaign against proposed legislation aimed to stop this type of online piracy.
Paul said: “Never underestimate the ability of a monopoly to defend itself.” While speaking at MIDEM, in Cannes.
“It amazes me that Google has not done the right thing.
The experience of people when they go on Google and look for U2 music, or PJ Harvey music, is a shopping list of illegal opportunities to get their music. They have done nothing meaningful to discourage it,” said Paul.
What he wants is easy to do. Block all Internet sites that offer illegal downloads of anything that has a copyright. Music, Books and Films should all be considered protected.
He said that companies such as Google were “incredibly clever people with enormous resources”.
“Why are they not trying to solve the future in a more generous way? Ultimately it is in their interest that the flow of content will continue, and that won’t happen unless it’s paid for.”
The U2 manager said he would be more likely to give previews of U2’s next album to traditional radio than an online service like Spotify.
“At the moment I’m inclined to treat it (Spotify) as a promotional medium. If we have to choose where to put records on their debut we’re unlikely to give it to Spotify.
“We have arrangements like that around the world with people we’ve worked with over the years.
Spotify has yet to become popular with artists because artists don’t see the financial benefit of working with Spotify.”