Downloading music from the internet – can you be identified?

In EMI Records (Ireland) Limited & Others-v-UPC Communications Ireland Limited the High Court ruled on 11/10/2010 that there are no laws in Ireland by which internet users illegally copying music files may be identified and cut off from the internet. The Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 does not provide for the blocking, diverting or interrupting of internet communications. Therefore, Ireland is not yet complying with its obligations under European Law.

 Even though the High Court acknowledged that record companies are being harmed by internet piracy and that the injunction which was applied for would be morally justified, it declined injunctive relief.

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