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IRMA Jumps On P2P-Bashing Bandwagon

by Robin Pilgrim, LawAndTax-News.com, London

25 October 2004


The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) revealed last week that it is following the example of its US and UK counterparts, and has begun litigating against those who use peer-to-peer file sharing services to share copyrighted material with other internet users.

Speaking to the Digital Lifestyles news service, IRMA director general, Dick Doyle explained that the Association will soon begin sending messages to P2P users warning them of the legal dangers of using services such as Kazaa, and advising them to to disable the share option if they choose to continue.

"We are following what the US did a few years ago - sueing the end users." he announced, revealing however that the process was likely to take between 2-3 months to come to fruition.

The IRMA chief went on to explain that:

"We ask the ISPs to disclose the identification of P2P users, and if they don't, we take them to court. We do want to retain a good relationship with the ISPs though."


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