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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ireland Favors ISPs Over Entertainment Giants

An Irish court ruled that Internet users who have downloaded copyrighted content cannot be forced offline by entertainment studios and companies. The case was brought against the entertainment industry by UPC, an ISP in Ireland. According to the judge's ruling, the suggested response to online piracy may be illegal and cannot, at this time, be enforced. He did, however, agree that online piracy harms the industry.

While the entertainment industry is reviewing its next move, some analysts say the ruling may have a "tickle-down" effect in other countries which are facing the same pressure from entertainment lobbyists regarding legal actions to be taken against users who illegally download copyrighted material.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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