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

LIT offers Free Chemistry and Maths Revision Seminars to Leaving Cert…

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email TAGSChemistryJuneLimerick Institute of TechnologyMathsstate examinationsSTEM Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Moylish Campus.Picture: Alan Place.Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is offering free leaving cert revision seminars to Maths and Chemistry students ahead of the state examination this June.The seminars, which are in the form of workshops, are aimed at helping leaving cert students reach their full potential in these STEM subjects which are key to many career opportunities in the mid west.LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane, described STEM subjects as central to ‘Innovation 2020’ – Ireland’s strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology.“The strategy highlights the importance of excellence in STEM Education. Graduates in these disciplines help to drive innovation and enterprise, and have played a significant part in the growth in our economy, particularly in this region,” he said.“It is the quality of our education in these subjects at both second and third level that contributes significantly to attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and provides an active ecosystem for indigenous start-ups here in the mid west.”“Many students are dissuaded from taking up subjects such as maths and chemistry, as there is a perception that they are particularly difficult to master. We at LIT maintain that these subjects open up students to a range of exciting careers, and believe every student should have the best possible chance to excel in these subjects if they so wish,” added Prof Cunnane.“To this end, we are providing free workshops in our Moylish Campus to assist students as they prepare for their leaving cert exams in Mathematics, (ordinary and higher level) and Organic Chemistry.”The free workshops will begin on Tuesday May 8. From 7pm to 9pm, Dr. Maria Sheehan, an experienced chemistry and science teacher, will guide students through questions on Organic Chemistry preparations for the Leaving Certificate papers – both Higher and Ordinary.The Mathematics workshops on May 14 and May 15 will focus on particular strands of the Leaving Certificate curriculum and will be facilitated by Dr Maura Clancy, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at LIT.The Mathematics workshop on May 14 will focus on higher level maths and more specifically Strand 5 Section 2 (calculus), while on May 15 the Mathematics (ordinary level) workshop will look at Strand 4 (algebra).Pre-booking is essential for all three workshops, as places are limited. Booking details are available at www.lit.ie/revisionSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More about education here. Facebook Advertisement Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020 Limerick Institute of Technology awarded €750,000 capital grant towards works on its five campuses Printcenter_img NewsEducationLIT offers Free Chemistry and Maths Revision Seminars to Leaving Cert StudentsBy Staff Reporter – April 27, 2018 5212 Limerick Institute of Technology launch new app to facilitate energy renovation upskilling Limerick Institute of Technology researcher calls for ban on cigarette vending machines Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick colleges recognised at Irish Games Fleadh 2020 Previous articleLimerick schoolchildren participate in Regional Climate Hope ForumNext articleBeyond the neon runes Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more