Five Users Account For Over 108,000 Shared Illegal Music Files
High Court Requires ISPs To Turn Over Names And Addresses
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) continues on its anti-piracy drive, this time targeting individuals who file share music on the Internet.
For the last six months, IRMA has undertaken a major Internet anti-piracy operation. They have closely monitored and identified the activity of 23 individuals who have been involved in illegal music file sharing and distribution. Between them they have been distributing almost 180,000 music files. Incredibly, the top five users are responsible for illegally sharing over 108,000 music files, with one particular individual having over 37,500 files.
Today, the High Court gave the go ahead for six Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including Digiweb, Smart Telecom, Irish Broadband, NTL, Eircom and Imagine, to provide the names and addresses for all 23 people involved in this illegal activity.
IRMA pledged today that they will pursue and prosecute all 23 persons engaged in wholesale theft of our music. “They are stealing from our artists and affecting the livelihood of many people in the music industry. We will not tolerate this and will do everything in our power to ensure they are brought to justice,” said Dick Doyle, director general of IRMA. Mr. Doyle also warned parents to be ever vigilant with the family computer as many young people were involved in file sharing, probably unbeknownst to their parents.
Sharing music on P2P is illegal and carries serious penalties. To date IRMA has prosecuted some 66 individuals, 61 of whom have paid financial penalties.
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