An Irish High Court ruling has given ISP Eircom the go-ahead to cut off internet access to persistent illegal downloaders. The ISP had agreed to do so last year, as part of a settlement with music industry group IRMA. However, after the deal was challenged by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, it was referred to the High Court. Justice Charleton has now ruled that the graduated response plans do not flout data protection laws. “The right to be identified with and to reasonably exploit one’s own original creative endeavour I regard as a human right,” he said. The IFPI has welcomed the decision, with boss John Kennedy saying it “sends a strong message to governments that are now considering how to help their creative industries address the threat of mass online piracy”. Other Irish ISPs may now face pressure to agree similar deals with IRMA. Source: Irish Times

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