◎三年後唱片公司再次集結，希望在愛爾蘭更廣泛地引入此累進的回應計劃，這次他們鎖定的是Sky Ireland。據愛爾蘭時報報導，Sky告訴唱片公司它將遵守他們的要求，但要求他們必須先取得法院命令。之前就已經與英格蘭足球超級聯賽合作阻止侵權串流的Sky表示，它正在與音樂產業「積極合作」以應對線上盜版。對於這樣的案件，要求法院發出命令是標準的程序，鑑於Sky過去的記錄，應該不會引起太大的爭執。走法院程序所花費的開銷可能會有點麻煩，但制度的實施不太會是一個棘手的問題。作為回應，這些唱片公司在IRMA的名義下在高等法院提起訴訟，IRMA執行長Willie Kavanagh也提交了支援文件。
Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Universal Music have teamed up to demand that Sky Ireland implements a so-called "three strikes" regime to deal with pirating subscribers. Its understood that Sky has no objection to disconnecting persistent copyright infringers but will not do so without a court order. A report suggests that Vodafone is also being targeted.
At the turn of the last decade, the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) ended legal action against local ISP Eircom when the provider agreed to implement a so-called "three strikes" regime.
The agreement saw member labels including Sony, Universal, and Warner tracking allegedly-infringing Eircom subscribers online and Eircom forwarding infringement notices. Those caught three times would be eligible for disconnection from the Internet.
Under an agreement to give Eircom a level playing field, the labels targeted another ISP, UPC (later taken over by Virgin), with a demand to implement the same scheme. UPC dug in its heels and the case dragged on through the legal system.
In 2015, the High Court ruled in favor of the labels, rejecting complaints from UPC that it's not an ISP's job to police its subscribers' activities online.
Now, more than three years later, the labels are back again with a renewed effort to have the graduated response scheme introduced more widely in Ireland. This time around, Sony, Warner and Universal are targeting Sky Ireland.
According to the Irish Times, Sky has told the labels it will comply with their demands but has asked that they obtain a court order first.
Sky, which is already collaborating with the Premier League to block infringing streams, said that it was "actively working" with the industry to deal with online piracy.
"It's therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the Government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect copyright," Sky said.
"Copyright holders who believe broadband users have unlawfully shared content online have the option of taking their cases to court. If the order is granted, the service provider must comply and Sky would, of course, comply with any such order."
Asking for a court order to be produced is standard form in such cases but given Sky's track record in such matters, it probably won't be putting up much of a fight. The issue of costs is likely to be a matter for dispute but putting the regime in place is unlikely to be a sticking point.
In response, the labels (under the Irish Recorded Music Association umbrella) initiated a claim in the High Court this week, with supporting papers filed by IRMA chief Willie Kavanagh.
IT reports that IRMA is also in talks with Vodafone Ireland to implement the same anti-piracy scheme but the ISP has "raised technical concerns and sought more time." In any event, Vodafone is extremely unlikely to begin disconnecting customers without a legal basis so a court order will be required in this case too.