Landmark piracy settlement
A landmark settlement today at the High Court in Dublin between big-four music labels Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal and internet provider Eircom will give the labels the firepower they need to curb music piracy.
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 big four labels to help them pinpoint and pursue illegal downloaders and uploaders.
The ruling means a precedent has been set, and all other ISPs in the Irish market will now have to co-operate with the music industry.
The labels wanted Eircom to install filtering software, such as Audible Magic ,to help prevent the rise of music piracy, which coincided with, and which they believe is responsible for, falling music sales.
Big four music labels and Eircom in landmark piracy settlement