Irish Recording Industry Taking Different Approach Than RIAA

CheeseMan42 - June 23, 2009 02:40PM in Copyright Infringers

The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has decided to take the fight to the biggest ISPs in the country. The IRMA is attempting to sue BT Ireland and UPC Ireland into complying with a three strikes policy that would force disconnection of users with three copyright violations. However, UPC has said that Irish law doesn't require it to do so, and the company will fight the suit. The largest ISP, Eircom, has already settled with the IRMA, but has yet to disconnect any users as it is the only ISP to adopt the policy. In the case of the RIAA, the scheme is voluntary and ISPs aren't required to follow it. The IRMA faces a tough battle, as the European Parliament has stated that it is against internet disconnections, and a similar proposal has already been struck down in France.