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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Irish ISP Goes to Court to Defend Its Customers

Irish ISP Goes to Court to Defend Its Customers

Irish ISP Goes to Court to Defend Its Customers

Added: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
The Commercial Court of the country has recently started the hearing of a challenge by a number of record companies targeted at forcing telecoms company UPC to disconnect its subscribers accused of illegal file-sharing.

Such music labels as Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music are all seeking a “graduated response” regime, which may force the companies to disconnect the customers, similar to the one implemented by Eircom ISP.

According to record companies, they keep losing millions each year as a result of Irish Internet users illegally sharing copyrighted music via file-sharing services. After Eircom ISP struck a settlement with record companies in 2009, the company enforced a so-called “graduated response” or “three strikes” policy.

The Internet service provider now informs the infringers that they violate the law, provides them with data on the alternative ways to obtain the desired content and finally disconnects them if the subscribers continue to infringe after receiving the first two warnings.

By the way, the music industry has already taken UPC to court 5 years ago, in attempt to force it to block access to illegal download services, but did not succeed. In two more years, the government amended the law and enabled the record companies to seek court orders in order to force ISPs to block portals that facilitate illegal downloading of copyrighted content. Since then, the music industry has successfully sought orders to force the block of specific websites.

In the case against the UPC, the representatives of the record companies pointed out that the graduated response system is a reasonable step for the ISP to take in response to a situation damaging to copyright owners. The system in question had already been agreed with Eircom, and the music industry is contractually bound by that agreement to reach similar agreements with other Irish ISPs.

The main problem for the both sides of the potential agreements is the costs involved in implementing a graduated response system. Apparently, the record companies consider UPC's estimation of the costs involved as excessive.

It is known that UPC has 28.5% of the fixed line broadband market in the country and a substantial number of its subscribers are using it to illegally share music. In the meantime, the record labels point out that blocking of individual websites, like The Pirate Bay, does not address the issue, due to the nature of P2P technology.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-02-12 02:32:13)
No avatarPeople who download illegal content most likely would not have bought that content in the first place, so the companies really are not loosing anything.

posted by (2015-02-12 02:51:55)
Rockman avatarHasn t it been proven time and time again the the MPAA / RIAA etc aren t losing money so its great the providers are in court fighting the movie idiots .

posted by Blocked (2015-02-12 02:57:36)
haroon2015 avatarGreat

posted by Kitty (2015-02-12 08:38:17)
Crash1 avatarI don't know why the distributors aren't releasing their own truncated versions of upcoming albums to torrent sites. Like the full album, but with all the songs truncated to 60 seconds.
THAT would be a GREAT marketing idea ... LEGALLY letting people get an idea of what the music is like BEFORE forking over cash for something they find they don't like.

As it stands, even THAT idea won't promote music/movie sales to unemployed people or students, or others who simply CAN'T AFFORD the prices of movies or music albums ... not when food and accommodation are MUCH more important necessities.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-02-12 12:40:14)
Embolism avatarHave to agree with try before you buy #4.but greed and money are at the hub of all the opposing companies like Sony etc,personally I watch a lot of cams to see if they are worth the money to go and watch them and often or not the best bits are in the trailers with scripts written by Basil Brush and within the first 10 minutes the viewer already knows the outcome.As and when a truly interesting and entertaining film comes out I always pay to see it but that is a rarity indeed these days.

posted by Blocked (2015-02-13 05:10:19)
No avatarIf I call my girlfriend and set up a midnight rendezvous in a park that closes at 10PM for some "splendor in the grass" (public sex: naughty, naughty!) are the parks dept. and the police gonna try to take my phone?

posted by ET junkieKitty (2015-02-14 08:33:29)
Selsley avatarwhat makes me laugh is the MPAA cant enforce their rules in America but can do it in europe, its time we stood up to these jokers....... i recently saw a list of sites blocked and who issued blocks against them...... extratorrent being blocked coz of american pressure.... but try accessing extratorrent via an american proxy and you get in no problem

posted by (2015-02-15 01:12:23)
zapper000 avatarAn ISP cannot and will not disconnect a client on somebody's say so without a court order.
Even then it is only a disconnect and reconnect that the client would be lucky to notice.
No ISP will dump a customer for their opposition ISP to pick up without substantial monitory compensation.

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