ISPs battle against three-strikes rule throughout EU

[IDG] Irish ISP UPC said Friday that it will continue to vigorously defend itself against liability proceedings taken against it in the country’s courts by music companies.The company is the latest in a series of ISPs to take issue with copyright holders’ insistence that they police customers’ Internet traffic. Ireland’s biggest ISP, Eircom, was successfully taken to court by the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association) and is currently sending warning letters to customers who have allegedly infringed copyright through illegal downloading. The IP addresses of those customers are supplied by IRMA, which is using a third-party firm, Dtecnet, to identify customers who are sharing a specific list of its members’ copyright works on peer-to-peer networks.

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