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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > “3-Strikes” Policy is Legal from Now for Irish ISPs

“3-Strikes” Policy is Legal from Now for Irish ISPs

“3-Strikes” Policy is Legal from Now for Irish ISPs

Added: Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
High Court fights with virtual copyright violation among ISP Eircom users. Piracy content will not be shared anymore. The restrictions will touch other Irish ISPs.

In 2008 the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has started an assize with Eircom, Irish biggest ISP, trying to stop the illegal distribution if IRMA products. As a result Eircom decided to set “three-strikes” policy for subscribers who illegally share files in its network.

But the High Court decided to set the same restrictions for other Irish ISP companies. Eircom occupies about 40% of Irish market, and limitations against free file-sharing will be extremely profitable to its competitors. That is why it was decided to initiate the same restrictions for other internet providers in the nearest future (June 10th). This means that any Irish internet user who regularly violates the copyright law will be disconnected from the world wide web.

As a rule, disconnection doesn’t mean a punishment for a single person, as one connection is mostly used by several people who live in the same house or work together. So disconnection will also injure innocent users, and this can be regarded as the violation of human rights and personal privacy. Nevertheless Justice Charleston who carried on the lawsuit doesn’t agree that disconnection from the Internet can be some kind of human rights violation.

The “three-strikes” policy includes three steps of internet service limitation. When internet user violates copyright rules for the first time, he will receive a warning saying about illegal file sharing. The second measure will include significant decrease of connection speed. If user doesn’t stop sharing piracy content, his internet connection will be banned.

Such a policy is the first step on the way on copyright protection against internet pirates. The authorities assume this will help artists to “keep body and soul together”, allowing them to get worthy profit from their creative works. The point is that record labels are even more interested in such restrictions, as they own the most of rights for media content distribution.

While the High Court decides to implement strict policies regarding copyright law violators, the problem has been not solved yet. Internet users are too inventive to refuse from pirated content, as there are a lot of alternatives of how to share the content ‘illegally’.

April 24th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-04-24 13:18:25)
iamezaz avatarAs if this step is gonna stop piracy from spreading in ireland.They are a bunch of fools.
It will b imported from other countries who do not have this type of ban.Now they cannot stop them can they? :)))))

posted by (2010-04-25 03:11:00)
150swiftly avatarThey are a bunch of fools' a bunch of robbing fools ! Is this 3 strike thing being enforced' when ?
Thx for the article Sam'ET Rox

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