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Eircom v the Record Business: more analysis

(1) Very interesting piece from Ars Technica about yesterday evening’s news from the courts with Nate Robinson making the point that users seem to be have no say once the evidence has been gathered: “While such graduated response mechanisms have …

Thu, Jan 29, 2009, 10:15

   

(1) Very interesting piece from Ars Technica about yesterday evening’s news from the courts with Nate Robinson making the point that users seem to be have no say once the evidence has been gathered:

“While such graduated response mechanisms have the potential to be a huge improvement of massive litigation against end users, the process is generally understood to need some form of appeal or defense. It’s not clear from the reporting coming out of Ireland that the Eircom agreement contains any such provisions. It appears that the music industry hands over its evidence, Eircom evaluates it, and a decision is made. Users, at least for now, seem to be shut out.”

(2) Justin Mason takes a look at the software which may be used by the record labels to gather IP addresses

(3) Not directly about this story, but Andrew Orlowski has a good opinion piece in The Register about the relationship between the ISPs and the record biz

(4) “Other broadband providers not keen on Eircom deal” runs a blog post from Irish Times colleague John Collins containing statement from Alto, the trade group repping non-Eircom telecoms, about the case. Per Alto: “as yesterday’s agreement between Eircom and the record companies was a direct action against Eircom, it is not enforceable on Ireland’s other broadband providers.”

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