Ireland leads the way in terminating customer broadband
It's been talked about and debated in the UK for months, but today the Irish have manned up and got down to business; Ireland has become the first country in the world to terminate the broadband accounts of customers found to be sharing music online unlawfully.
The scheme is only a pilot and will be reviewed after six months, but has been introduced after Eircom, Ireland's leading broadband provider with nearly half a million customers, settled out of court with The Irish Recorded Music Association last year.
Eircom agreed to begin taking action against their own customers as part of that deal, which will see users receive three warnings before having their service is terminated for a week. If they are found to share music unlawfully for a fourth time, their connection will be cut off for a year.
While thousands of accounts could potentially be targetted, Eircom has agreed to process about 50 IP addresses a week while capacity to manage the new system is assessed. The Director General of The Irish Recorded Music Association believes 80 per cent of customers will stop file-sharing once contacted. Hooray for the music industry dictating how laws are enforced.