So the idea behind this thread is ONLY to try and stop eircom, or other ISP's, from censoring what websites you can access based on IRMA's suggestions.
This thread is not for:
- Discussing the music industry's current business model
- Discussing that its OK to download copyright material
This thread is ONLY for discussing what can be done to stop eircom from censoring websites full stop, anything else is seen as off-topic and may be deleted so lets come up with ideas to stop this.
Before you post please read the following so you understand the latest announcement by eircom which was posted 24th February 2009 -
READ THIS before posting.
Ireland's largest ISP won't block The Pirate Bay -- the embattled
BitTorrent search engine and tracker -- absent a court order, a
spokesman said Tuesday.
Eircom is aware of copyright infringement issues but will not block
The Pirate Bay unless major record labels can obtain a court order
requiring it and other ISPs (Internet service providers) to do so, the
Eircom recently avoided a trial with record labels EMI, Sony,
Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The labels took Eircom
to court to try to force the ISP to install traffic-monitoring
equipment that would have examined content of its subscribers in an
attempt to clamp down on illegal file sharing.
After eight days in court in January, Eircom opted to settle with the
labels. Eircom said it would not install content monitoring equipment
but instead agree to investigate subscribers suspected of file sharing
and disconnect them if their activity continued, the spokesman said.
Content monitoring is "not our business," the spokesman said. "We have
no interest in it."
Eircom will accept IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and other
information supplied by companies working for record labels that track
illegally traded content, the spokesman said. However, Eircom will not
turn over subscriber information to record labels.
The details of the agreement with the record labels are still being
worked out, such as the level of proof Eircom would find acceptable in
order to justify disconnecting a subscriber. Implementation of a
warning and disconnection system is a couple of months away, he said.
Eircom's terms and conditions for its subscribers will not change, as
the ISP has always had the right to cut off customers engaged in
illegal activity, he said.
The situation in Ireland mirrors other efforts the entertainment
industry has undertaken to try and shut down The Pirate Bay, which is
one of the most popular sites to obtain torrents, or small information
files, that coordinate the download of material via the BitTorrent
In December, a Danish court upheld a ruling that required the ISP
Tele2 to block The Pirate Bay, in a case that was initiated by the
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Tele2
was considering appealing the ruling.
The Pirate Bay is having its own troubles in Sweden. Four men are
standing trial this week on a charge of aiding with making material
available that is under copyright. They could face prison, and the
Motion Picture Association and IFPI are seeking around US$12.5 million
in combined damages.
Petition eircom to fight the court case, if and when it comes. Petition your ISP, if you're not with eircom, to fight any such action against them. Contact Digital Rights Ireland to see if there's anything being done, or to see if it can be started. Contact Ireland Offline group and see if there's anything they can do. Petition the minister for communications to get involved. Contact Comreg to see if there's anything they can do to get eircom to fight the court action. Contact the media to let them know of your concerns, and see if they're willing to get a public debate going. Radio shows like Gerry Ryan, Joe Duffy, Ray D'Arcy and The Last Word, would be a start.