Time was (15 years ago) when the headlines in digital music were dominated by the war on ISPs and attempts to get them to stop their customers illegally filesharing, so we felt a keening sense of nostalgia when we read that the Court of Appeal in Ireland has ruled that Virgin Media, the country’s second largest ISP, has to take steps to stem illegal downloading on its network.

The action was taken by the three major labels. The rise of streaming appeared to negate the idea of customers furiously downloading and hoarding terabytes of MP3s and the focus shifted away from P2P networks and towards the “value gap”. The major labels still regard it as an issue, however, but it surely cannot be long until such activity becomes an historical footnote.

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