Three and out
UPC, Ireland’s second largest broadband ISP, has been ordered by a court to introduce a three strikes policy after losing a court case against record companies Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music. Under the regime, any subscriber found to be downloading pirated content will receive two warnings and, if those fail to deter illicit behaviour, will have their service terminated. Leading ISP Eircom already has a three strikes policy in operation.
In his ruling, Justice Cregan said, "the current generation of writers, performers and interpreters of music cannot have their livelihoods destroyed by advances in technology which allow persons to breach their constitutional rights with impunity".
He said the cost of setting up the three-strikes system had been put at between €800,000 and €940,000, and he believed UPC should bear 80% of that, with the record companies stumping up for the remainder.