Ireland ISPs Sued To Adopt Disconnect Plan
June 23, 2009 at 11:14 AM (PT)
IRELAND's version of the RIAA, The IRISH RECORDED MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IRMA), has filed lawsuits against two of the country's largest ISPs, seeking to force compliance with an Internet disconnection scheme. Earlier this year, IRELAND's largest ISP, EIRCOM, agreed to implement a graduated response program where it will disconnect a user's Internet connection after a third accusation of online copyright infringement.
The other ISPs, BT IRELAND and UPC IRELAND, have expressed little, if any, interest in adopting a similar disconnection program. ARS TECHNICA reports that EIRCOM has been pushing the recording industry to go after the other ISPs because it will be at a competitive disadvantage to be the only one disconnecting alleged illegal file sharers. EIRCOM hasn't started disconnecting users, prompting speculation that it won't begin the program until a other major ISPs agree to do likewise.
The major music labels have been experimenting with a variety of ways to initiate ISP monitoring. They're going the legislative route in FRANCE. Here in the U.S., the RIAA wants ISPs to sign up to a voluntary scheme. Apparently, a more heavy-handed "sue 'em into complying" approach is being tested.