It’s all kicking off in Ireland, following the recent news that ISP Eircom is to adopt a three-strikes policy to cut the access of persistent file-sharers. Irish music industry body IRMA then sent letters to other ISPs demanding they adopt a similar policy, but after several weeks, ISP trade body the ISPAI has issued a statement rejecting those demands, saying it would breach the privacy of users and harm the Irish e-business industry. Oh, and they added this: “ISPAI is disappointed that the great potential of the internet, to provide opportunities to connect with users in new ways and develop new business models, is being missed by the music recording industry. The Internet has revolutionised countless other services where consumers have benefited from any-time accessibility, wider choice and reduced prices.” Ouch.

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