In an welcome restatement of the law Irish net users are now once again safe from the cartels illegal activities.http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/item/25072-eircom-has-21-days-to/
The Data Protection Commission has given Eircom 21 days to respond to its decision to instruct the operator to halt its ‘three strikes’ policy against music piracy. Under the policy, users caught downloading copyrighted material would be warned three times otherwise their broadband would be cut off for 12 months.
The decision by the Data Protection Commission will also touch a nerve in terms of a recent decision by Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice, in the dispute between Scarlet Extended SA, an ISP owned by Belgacom, and Belgian management company SABAM.
The court concluded that internet access is a human right and that EU law precludes injunctions being taken against internet service providers (ISPs), requiring them to block users from illegally sharing music and video files.
This is excellent news for those who have been illegally disconnected simply on the word of some unreliable media mafia group, this ruling of law will likely also impact any plans in the UK regarding the same type of activities, the scope of the EU ruling was broadly in line with what was expected to be the case some years ago but the wheels of justice are invariably slow, better late than never eh folks