Saturday Dec 20

Dublin court tells Eircom to cooperate against music piracy

(Telecompaper) The High Court in Dublin has ruled in the case between Eircom and music labels Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal, local news site Silicon Republic reports. According to the terms of the landmark settlement, Eircom has agreed to implement a 'three strikes and you're out' policy against illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) downloaders, while also agreeing to work with data provided by the four labels to help them pinpoint and pursue illegal downloaders and uploaders.
 
As a result of the ruling, all other ISPs in the Irish market will now have to co-operate with the music industry. The four music labels instigated legal proceedings against Eircom last year, asking Eircom to install filtering software such as Audible Magic, to help prevent music piracy. The High Court trial ended today after eight days, with both parties agreeig on a joint approach.
 
The record companies will use a service called DetecNet, which poses as a P2P file sharer to target the offending downloaders and supply Eircom with the IP addresses of suspected copyright thieves. Eircom said it will embark on a graduated process that will see it inform broadband subscribers that their IP address has been detected infringing copyright, warn them that unless it ceases they will be disconnected, and if they fail to comply they will be disconnected.
 
The record companies have agreed that they will take all necessary steps to put similar agreements with other ISPs in Ireland.

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