ISP introduces “graduated response” leading to disconnection for illegal downloaders

first_img IrelandEurope – Central Asia News IrelandEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ireland Help by sharing this information to go further News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that Eircom, one of Ireland’s main Internet Service Providers, has become the first ISP in Europe to voluntarily introduce a “graduated response” procedure under which clients who download music illegally could end up losing their Internet connection.Announced on 24 May, the decision was motivated by business concerns and lacks any legal legitimacy. It is the result of an agreement between Eircom and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), which represents 55 music industry companies including Sony, Universal, EMI and Warner.“The current tendency is to put Internet Service Providers at the centre of efforts to combat illegal downloading,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is also the case with the ACTA, the proposed international treaty against counterfeiting that is currently being discussed. The disastrous effect of these initiatives is to turn the ISP into an Internet policeman.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is the ISP that, flouting the right of defence and presumption of innocence, arbitrarily decides to interrupt Internet access, which is a fundamental right. Eircom reluctantly agreed to this pilot project in order to avoid legal sanctions under a lawsuit brought by Irish copyright holders that accused it of failing to take any steps to combat illegal downloading. ”Employing a tracking method developed by DtecNet, the IRMA will identify the IP addresses of people who use Peer to Peer networks (P2P) to share copyrighted music online illegally. The information will then be passed to Eircom, which will then have to identify and contact them. Once identified, suspected illegal downloaders will be contacted twice by phone, mail or email. If there is evidence of further illegal downloading, they will be sent a letter. If they continue again, their Internet service will be suspended for a week. If they are caught a fourth time, their connection will be suspended for a year.The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which protects online privacy, challenged this procedure before the Dublin high court, but the court ruled that tracking IP addresses was not a violation of the agreement between the ISP and its clients as IP addresses did not constitute personal data.Defending its decision, Eircom said it was “committed to helping customers understand the issues surrounding the illegal file sharing of copyrighted music.” But it could be commercial suicide for Eircom if other ISPs do not follow suit.Eircom’s main rival, UPC, had already taken the position that there was no legal basis for tracking IP addresses and suspending clients’ Internet access. On 23 May, a UPC spokesperson confirmed the company’s refusal to adopt similar measures. UPC is also being prosecuted by the IRMA and the case is due to be heard on 17 June.France’s HADOPI law also envisages a graduated response to illegal downloading but court approval must be obtained before an Internet connection is suspended (http://en.rsf.org/france-government-pushes-through-spruced-21-09-2009,34538.html).center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ISP introduces “graduated response” leading to disconnection for illegal downloaders Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Organisation RSF_en RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Picasso is no fan of castle murals

first_img TAGSCharlie McLeanfeaturedKing John’s CastlemuralMusic LimerickPicassoSmug WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsLimerick Picasso is no fan of castle muralsBy Guest Writer – August 1, 2013 2652 Email Linkedin Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick No vaccines in Limerick yet King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games center_img Facebook Previous articleAoife McLoughlin joins ProtobabyNext articleSearch is on for the students of 1962 Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Mural‘ART, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder’That adage certainly holds true in the case of murals painted near King John’s Castle last week that have caused a conflict of opinion amongst locals.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The murals, commissioned by Limerick City Council, as part of the ‘Make a Move’ festival have been described as ‘totally inappropriate’ by Convent Street resident Charlie McLean (74). “There like something out of a horror comic. The location next to the medieval castle is out-of-place. They wouldn’t put something like that near Buntratty.“If these murals are modern art, then I’m Picasso,” said Mr McLean who has lived in the area all his life.However, Limerick City Councillor and Thomondgate resident Tom Shortt said the murals transform a rough wall on a derelict site into contemporary urban art.“The murals are painted to a high standard. They can be painted over by other artists in years to come and are not permanent, unlike some of the embarrassingly poor quality bronze public sculptures we are stuck with erected in the city in recent years.“I believe that the murals create an appropriate backdrop for City of Culture 2014. This kind of art is an ever-increasing trend and part of an urban landscape,” he said.The murals were painted by Australian born, Glasgow based artist, Smug, who is regarded as one of the most accomplished street artists in the world.Meanwhile, Limerick Arts Office has announced details of the country’s first subsidised living space scheme for artists. An open call has been made to recognised cultural practitioners, including contemporary visual artists, performers, musicians and writers, to apply for the use of six newly-refurbished residential apartments at John’s Square.The Square reopened to the public earlier this year following a €1.5 million redevelopment by Limerick City Council and, according to the local authority, it can now be considered Limerick’s Living Cultural Quarter.For more information see www.limerickcity.ie.  Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisementlast_img read more