[LINK] ArsT: 'Internet disconnections come to Ireland'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue May 25 09:20:26 AEST 2010
Internet disconnections come to Ireland, starting today
By Nate Anderson | Last updated about 5 hours ago - 24-25 May 2010
"Three strikes" will start striking out the Irish today. The Irish
Times reports that one of the largest ISPs in the country, Eircom,
has agreed to process 50 content industry complaints each week, and
to disconnect users who rack up three complaints.
The move has been awaited for months. Eircom voluntarily agreed to
the system after being sued by the major music labels, but had yet to
implement it while it was challenged on grounds of data privacy.
But IP addresses aren't considered "private," said the Irish High
Court in April, and so Eircom today becomes the only ISP in the
country to adopt a graduated response system. The Irish Times says
that this is the first such system in the world, though South Korea
has had something similar (but mandatory) in place for some time.
France has also approved such a system, but it has yet to take effect.
The system is needed, in the words of Mr. Justice Peter Charleton,
because "the mischievous side of the human personality, containing a
repulsive aspect as well as an attractive and humorous one, has also
come to the fore over the Internet."
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
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Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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