In a bid to take on the illicit downloading of music from the internet, an Irish internet service provider Eircom has agreed to discontinue the internet connections of the users who illegitimately download music files from the web.
In a decision that seems to be the first of its kind in the world, the ISP has joined forces with the four major record companies; Sony, EMI, Warner, and Universal, to address the soaring issue of illegal music downloading from the internet.
Initially, the companies even wanted the ISP to install software application from a US firm to spot the copyrighted music files being downloaded in its networks.
However, Eircom perceived that any such software would presumably breach its customers’ privacy, and hence, pledged to disconnect the users who continue to download music files illicitly even after a couple of warnings.
As per the settlements made after court proceedings, the record companies agreed to provide Eircom with the IP addresses of users they found illegitimately downloading music files on “peer-to-peer” networks.
In a joint statement with the record companies, Eircom said, “The record companies have agreed that they will take all necessary steps to put similar agreements in place with all other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Ireland”.