The four biggest music labels have launched legal proceedings against UPC Ireland and BT Ireland in an attempt to force them to take action against illegal file sharing.
In January the four, EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music, reached an out of court settlement with Eircom under which the ISP agreed to implement a “three strikes and you’re out” rule.
However, a spokeswoman for UPC Ireland told Broadband TV News that it would not agree to any request that went beyond existing legislation. “There is no basis under Irish law requiring ISPs to control, access or block the internet content its users download. In addition, the rights holders’ proposal gives rise to serious concerns for data privacy and consumer contract law.” She expressed disappointment that the music industry, represented by music industry body Irma, had not taken up UPC’s suggestion of a stakeholder forum to discuss the issue.
A summons has been lodged in court, though no proceedings have yet been initiated, BT has a motion due to be heard on July 6.
UPC has said it will defend the action vigorously.