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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Irish ISP Launches a Voluntary “Three-Strikes” Policy

Irish ISP Launches a Voluntary “Three-Strikes” Policy

Irish ISP Launches a Voluntary “Three-Strikes” Policy

Added: Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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Ireland’s biggest Internet Service Provider is going to target fifty suspected IPs each week in the beginning. However, IRMA keeps reminding Eircom that it always can affect thousands more.


This week Eircom, holding a 40% market share of the broadband, was announced to formally start cutting repeat accused copyright infringers off the Internet, therefore making its country undignified by appearing to be the first country in Europe to implement a “three-strikes” regime of graduated response. What is so bad is that this plan is voluntary.

The story began two years ago, when IRMA (the Irish Recorded Music Association) brought a case against Eircom to the court, trying to hold it liable for copyright violating users. Eircom refused in the beginning, arguing that the ISP didn’t have any legal obligation to control traffic on its own network. However, after the legal pressure continued the ISP made a decision to get out of court, and for doing this agreed to introduce a voluntary “three-strikes” regime to target the users accused of copyright infringement.

The Data Protection Commissioner of the country, specializing on privacy rights protection, has challenged such agreement on the following condition: the disconnection can only be based on accusations that are not the subject of an authorized body’s investigation, and so on. It was last month when all these concerns were dismissed by Justice Peter Charleston, who ruled that this condition is not a necessary one since there are no charges involved. He doesn’t think any investigation is needed for determining whether an offence has actually been committed or not. He explains it by the fact that in reality, there is no accusation of an offence between sides.

However, Justice Charleston called copyright “a universal entitlement,” the absence of which can leave artists without being rewarded, and thus unable to make a living. That’s why he predicated his approval of the regime with the condition that the entertainment industry shall target the ISP’s rivals in order to deprive other providers of an unfair competitive advantage. This scheme was scheduled to start on June 10th – the same time as the case against UPC Ireland.

Eircom plans to process around fifty suspected IPs per week under its “three-strikes” regime, with the IRMA not tired to remind it can affect thousands more.

May 26th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-05-26 13:02:46)
stan117 avatarupc are up in court next week,the plot thickings

posted by (2010-05-26 13:12:54)
ic3m4l3 avatarWOW big bro innit wow is all i can say

posted by (2010-05-27 02:03:39)
Larissa avatarI worked in Cork, Ireland some years ago and had Eircom internet, it was and as far as I know still is, a rubbish service - it will not work with other providers as it is state owned.

Its isnt exactly a big broadband service unless you live in major cities.

posted by Turtle (2010-05-27 17:07:52)
D4T4 avatarI would simply change providers and watch them go bust. Easy as that and let it be an example to the other providers who follow suit.

posted by (2010-05-29 05:50:58)
No avatarunable to make a living.......hahahaha sooo many broke rock stars......how did they ever make it through tapes and VCR's.......lol....poor poor sony and paramount.....they are starving people!!!!!

rock stars want money then preform your songs.....sony makes money off blank cds and dvds why is no one charging them!!!!! And I thought the artists where getting money from the blank cd taxes!!!!! hahahahahahaha people will fall for anything!!!! This is the start of telling you what information you can and can't access......and to mask it with lies about poor people trying to make a living is just plain disgusting....all you can do is hope for a revolution where all the lawyers and politician are all lined up and shot!

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