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Irish majors aim a punch at Eircom

Mary Carolan caught this one. The big boys in the Irish record business – EMI Music, Warner Music, Universal Music and Sony-BMG – are gunning for Eircom and it’s a battle about to feature in a Commercial Court room near …

Mon, Mar 10, 2008, 21:58

   

Mary Carolan caught this one. The big boys in the Irish record business – EMI Music, Warner Music, Universal Music and Sony-BMG – are gunning for Eircom and it’s a battle about to feature in a Commercial Court room near you. The case is the first in Ireland taken by labels aimed at internet service providers, rather than individual downloaders.

The companies want orders – under the Copyright and Related Rights Acts 2000 – restraining Eircom from infringing copyright in the sound recordings owned by, or exclusively licensed to them, by making available (through Eircom’s internet service facilities) copies of those recordings to the public without the companies’ consent.

The record companies are also challenging Eircom’s refusal to use filtering technology or other measures to voluntary block, or filter, material from its network that is being used to download music in violation of the companies’ copyright and/or licensing rights.

Eircom’s retort?

Eircom’s lawyers said the company was not on notice of specific illegal activity that infringed the rights of the companies and had no legal obligation to monitor traffic on its network.

Interestingly, this case is being taken by the four labels rather than the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), the lobby group for Irish record labels.

Any legal eagles who want to break this one down for us?

UPDATES Here are the links to further analysis of this move by Daithí and Jason.

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