Irish ISP Implemented “Three-Strikes” With Music Industry SupportAdded: Monday, December 13th, 2010
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Irish broadband provider Eircom became a pioneer in implementing a “three-strikes” regime for illegal file-sharers in the country. Today the ISP outlined the details of its regime, announcing that it will offer a music streaming service to its customers. Meanwhile, those subscribers who choose to go on sharing files will face year disconnections.
Eircom is going to offer a service called MusicHub to provide its users with the possibility to stream music from the largest record labels like Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony. The new service offers users unlimited access to streaming of all tracks of the above mentioned labels. There will be no restrictions and no advertising built into service. Besides, MusicHub users can also download music tracks if they want. This will require purchasing monthly packages, which start at 15 songs for $8 up to 40 songs for $17.
New service is the result of cooperation between the ISP and the Irish music industry, though it was born out of conflict back in February last year, when music industry reached an 11th hour out of court settlement with the broadband provider on the issue of illegal file-sharing. Later, the High Court in Dublin gave the green light to the implementation of that agreement, stipulating that the ISP would introduce a “graduated response system” for addressing errant Internet users, or, in other words, “three-strikes” regime.
The broadband provider is expected to send out notifications to the users alleged of illegal file-sharing. The first case will cause the “encouraging” warning, while the recurring will lead to tough measures. The 3rd notice will activate a 7 day suspension, and the 4th will lead to the 12 month disconnection.
Other Internet service providers in the country, like UPC, have refused to participate in such cooperation, and a recent court decision read that a “three-strikes” regime can’t be forced on an ISP. Meanwhile, the Ireland’s government appeals for the entertainment industry and broadband providers to get together and reach a compromise. It seems like Eircom became a broker in the negotiations.
It still remains to be seen whether Eircom’s subscribers stop pirating and switch to the MusicHub, or switch to UPC and the others to continue pirating without fear of disconnections. Most likely, the effect will be seen in the next few months.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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Monday, December 13th, 2010
|posted by (2010-12-13 18:39:01)|
|hi i see the Irish ISP`s have sold there souls to the ( pimp`s ) music company`s so they can do there dirty work for them and so they are in bed with the devil and as i read it braking EU laws at the same time !! see when you need monies you have to touch yours Toes ??||
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