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All eyes are currently on Stockholm where various record labels are trying to make the Pirate Bay buccaneers walk the plank (though the Guardian reports that things are not working out according to plan). However, guns are blazing elsewhere too. …

Wed, Feb 18, 2009, 10:40

   

All eyes are currently on Stockholm where various record labels are trying to make the Pirate Bay buccaneers walk the plank (though the Guardian reports that things are not working out according to plan).

However, guns are blazing elsewhere too. As John Collins reports, the Irish Big 4 labels have sent legal eagle letters to telecom and internet service providers here looking for a “graduated response” to alleged copyright infringement by their customers. It seems that the labels are hoping their recent Eircom settlement will encourage other ISPs to get with their three-strikes-and-you’re-back-in-the-internet-stone-age-Jimmy-boy programme.

Unlike Eircom, some of these ISPs appear unwilling to play ball and more legal eagles can expect to send their kids through college with the billings from this one.

From JC’s report: “Alex French, finance and operations director with Bitbuzz, said the demand from the record labels went too far in looking to disconnect people without “a competent court finding that they have done something wrong”.

He said he was also concerned about the reference in the letter to Eircom agreeing to block access to “the Pirate Bay websites or similar websites”. The Pirate Bay is a Swedish website which provides a directory of films, TV shows, music and other content that can be downloaded from third parties.

“We don’t support illegal activity on our network but this is an unprecedented agreement,” said Mr French. “Is the music industry planning to become Ireland’s de facto internet censor?”

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