ISPs Not Impressed By IRMA Disconnection Threat

Eircom recently made worldwide ripples when it agreed to follow a ‘three strikes’ policy to deal with suspected downloaders of illegal content, primarily music. At the request of IRMA, Eircom will send out two warnings to those who are deemed to be in breach of the TOS, and the third strike involves the user having their service disconnected.

This strategy obviously raises a slew of ethical and legal issues. When IRMA then went on to threaten legal action against other Irish ISPs if they did not follow in Eircom’s footsteps, the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) dismissed the threat as spurious. There are already ways for IRMA to proceed with legal action within the existing framework, and their disconnection ploy poses serious questions for user privacy and the development of the Internet generally.


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