Irish courts approves ‘three strikes’ policy

The High Court in Dublin has ruled that an agreement between the Irish music industry and the country’s ISPs to address online piracy does not violate data protection laws. The ruling lays the foundations for the introduction of new graduated response measures to stem file sharing in Ireland.

The High Court’s ruling considered the terms of a settlement in February 2009 between Eircom, Ireland’s largest ISP, and IRMA, the Irish record label association. Eircom agreed to implement a graduated response policy for filesharers, starting with warning letters.

This agreement was referred back to the High Court by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner but the judge ruled it was not in breach of data protection laws.

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