As reported by The Irish Times, IRMA the representative body of the four major labels in Ireland has started legal proceedings against BT Ireland and UPC Ireland to force them to address illegal music downloads by their subscribers. This follows a settlement between Eircom in January on the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule.
A spokeswoman for UPC told The Times that it ‘has made its position clear from the outset – it will not agree to a request that goes beyond what is currently provided under existing legislation’. She added: ‘There is no basis under Irish law requiring ISPs to control, access or block the internet content its users download. In addition, the rights-holders’ proposal gives rise to serious concerns for data privacy and consumer contract law.’
“UPC intends to vigorously defend its position in court,’ she added.
A BT spokeswoman said: ‘We understand that proceedings have been issued but BT has not yet been served with papers. Therefore we are not in a position to comment on the grounds of the complaint set out in those proceedings.’