Recently Swedish ISP’s won a victory over the local music industry, and where able to protect their customers private information. However Irish ISPs did not fair so well in there battle against the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association).
The High Court in Dublin has ruled that the identity of 17 suspected music swappers must be handed over. The IRMA has stated that they will contacting the individuals and offering them settlement deals, the details of the settlement offers have not yet been made public.
The Director General of the IRMA had this to say about the High Courts ruling, “We will now be writing to the 17 individuals informing them of the seriousness of their actions. We will offer them the opportunity of settling the action. If they refuse our settlement terms, we will be forced to pursue the matter through the Courts. This is a last resort for the music industry. We hope that this decision will jolt others, particularly parents of teenagers, to realize that unauthorized file sharing is illegal and has consequences”.