Ireland could be the first country to be brought to its knees by the music industry. The Irish arm of EMI has launched a High Court action, suing the Irish State over its perceived dragging-of-feet on the issue of ISP blockade of piracy sites.
Ireland doesn’t currently have a system implemented that lets copyright holders like EMI take out court orders to force ISPs to block sites linked to piracy. In the UK and across the rest of Europe, this kind of forced blockade is happening left right and centre, and the music industry wants Ireland to follow suit.
A High Court case was levied against one of Irelands ISPs by the music industry in 2010, which found a blockade-style court order system lacking in Irish law. This prompted a “statutory instrument“ to be drawn up by the Irish government bringing it in-line with the EU. The new rule will do something akin to what the music industry is after, but Ireland hasn’t acted quick enough for EMI it seems.
Frankly, it seems a bit absurd that any creative industry could sue a government over something like this. If EMI were to win, with Ireland in such a dodgy financial state, they could take the entire country down — that’s just plain ludicrous if you think about it. Considering the EU, including little old us, has sunk quite a lot of money into trying to keep Ireland afloat, for EMI to take it out now would be nuts. Take Ireland out and you might take out the Euro too. Wow, a lot of people would be pissed. [Irish Times]
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