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Irish ISP Association rejects the copyright industry threats

25 March, 2009
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Deutsch: Irische ISP-Vereinigung weist die Drohungen der Copyrightindustrie ab


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Macedonian: Ирската асоцијација на интернет прова...


After several weeks of silence in the the Eircom deal with IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association), the Irish ISP Association (ISPAI) has reacted considering the legal threats as spurious and that there is no evidence of wrong-doing by Internet Service Providers.

The Irish ISP scandal has started with the major Irish ISP Eircom agreement to a "three strikes" approach, following the settlement of the court case with IRMA. In terms of this agreement, the evidence of illegal downloads will be provided by IRMA and Eircom will take action without a court hearing. The agreement also means that Eircom is not to oppose any application blocking file-sharing websites from their network.

IRMA tried to extend the agreement to other ISPs by sending them letters threatening legal action from solicitors representing four major music recording companies.

ISPAI, where Eircom is also a member, published a statement approved by "a majority" of its members that claims that two years ago they initiated meetings with the music representatives to explore these aspects, but the matter was not followed up by the industry.

"The ISPAI and its members have never condoned the use of its members' services for theft of copyrighted works of any kind, and continue to operate within the existing legal framework which has provisions for taking action where appropriate," says the statement explaining that the present Irish copyright law provides remedies and means of action for breaching copyright through the courts and that "ISPAI members will continue to co-operate fully within these existing legal parameters."

ISPAI also supports the privacy of its users' communications and underlines its importance through this statement: "Privacy of user communications is protected in European and Irish legislation. ISPs can not be expected to ignore these merely because it does not suit another private party. To do so would breach the privacy of our users as well as having serious implications for the continued location of international e-business in this country and the jobs these generate. "

ISPAI - Position statement (13.03.2009)
http://www.ispai.ie/docs/20090313copyright.pdf

Irish ISPs rally against record label anti-piracy threat (17.03.2009)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/17/irish_isps_rally_against_irma_...

Irish ISPs reject music industry's file-sharer demands (18.03.2009)
http://www.out-law.com//default.aspx?page=9887

EDRi-gram: Irish ISP settled to introduce 3 strikes (11.02.2009)
http://www.edri.org/edri-gram/number7.3/3-strikes-ireland

EDRi-gram: IRMA tries to block websites (11.03.2009)
http://www.edri.org/edri-gram/number7.5/irma-blocks-websites

 

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