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Internet in Ireland being censored? All ISPs threatened with legal action on music copyright

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Maybe not yet, but after reading this article in the Irish Times it appears that Eircom at least have agreed to block access to sites like PirateBay.org

In a legal letter sent to all Irish ISPs on behalf of EMI, it looks for a “graduated response” to the copyright infringement by the service providers.

So what does this mean for the future of Irish Internet users, an Internet with selected websites only?

If EMI can get such an agreement put in place with all the ISPs, it opens possible flood gates of other organisations who would like such sites banned. What next? No access to YouTube???

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MPAA go after the small guys – TorrentSpy sued $110 million

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TorrentSpy has been ordered to pay $110m the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) for failing to hand over logs on the activity of users of their website.

The landmark ruling will send shockwaves to the thousands of small torrent search websites and maybe even some of the larger ones that offer a similar service to the one TorrentSpy offered before it shutdown in March of this year.

TorrentSpy in effect, was nothing more than a torrent search engine. It never held or stored any copyrighted material on it’s server. However, it did allow users easily find copyrighted material.

So in effect, TorrentSpy has been sued because it “linked” to copyrighted material, something that Google, Yahoo! and MSN do all the time with their search engine.

A simple search on Google will give you “links” to millions of copyrighted material. Here’s a very simple example of this http://www.google.ie/search?q=intitle%3a%22index+of%22+eminem

Why don’t the MPAA doing anything about this? Is the muscle behind the larger corporates a bridge to far for them to fight in their war against copyright infringement??

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