Ireland's Eircom to cut broadband over illegal downloads


Source: Irish Times
Author: John Collins
Location:
Eircom, 1 Heuston South Quarter, Dublin, 8, Ireland

Eircom will begin a process that will lead to cutting off the broadband service of customers found to be repeatedly sharing music online illegally. Ireland is the first country in the world where a system of "graduated response" is being put in place. Under the pilot scheme, Eircom customers who illegally share copyrighted music will get three warnings before having their broadband service cut off for a year. The Irish Recorded Music Association (Irma), whose members include EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner, reached an out-of-court settlement with Eircom in February 2009 under which the telecoms company agreed to introduce such a system for its 750,000 broadband users. The mechanism by which it operates was challenged in the courts by the Data Protection Commissioner.

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