EU to act on Eircom download rule

The EU looks set to ban Eircom’s ‘three-strikes’ rule against broadband customers who download files illegally.

21st November, 2009

The EU looks set to ban Eircom’s ‘three-strikes’ rule against broadband customers who download files illegally.

Under a law introduced by the EU telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, internet privacy and ‘‘fundamental freedoms’’ will forbid internet service providers (ISPs) from disconnecting illegal filesharers without judicial intervention.

The three-strikes rule has been championed by the international music industry, which has seen its profits plummet in recent years. As well...

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