Jan 31 2009

Eircom and Illegal File Sharing

Category: NetworksTeknovis @ 11:31 am

I remember reading a while ago that some of the record companies were taking legal action against Eircom, because Eircom would not police and prevent illegal P2P music sharing within its network. I think that Eircom would have been mad to do this!

Like many other people, I think that the record labels are still living in the past by spectacularly ignoring the realities of current technology!

So I was very interested in reading this week that this action has been settled out of court. The agreement seems to centre on the record labels detecting illegal downloading themselves without any special access to Eircom’s network. They can then pass the relevant IP addresses to Eircom, and Eircom will serve the offending user with a warning. If the record companies detect that the user persists in sharing illegal music files then Eircom will disconnect the user.

I think that this is a big win for Eircom, and a big loss for the record companies, for the following reasons:

  • Eircom does not need to modify or police its network.
  • The record companies must do the policing themselves. I am sure they would have loved to pass that burden to Eircom!
  • The record companies will not get any special access to the network. So, they will have as much detection abilities as I do!
  • Consequently, it will be relatively easy for users to avoid detection.
  • The record companies will not get access to any personal details of users who are performing illegal downloading.

The full details about this are in Big four music labels and Eircom in landmark piracy settlement.

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