Tuesday, 03 December 2013 19:48

Irish ISPs to ban Kickass Torrents

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Irish subsidiary of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music have called the local ISPs to start blocking service Kickass Torrents. At the same time they launched a legal action against this service in the Irish High Court.

To call for blocking sites without a court order responded five largest Irish ISPs: Vodafone, UPC, O2, Digiweb and Hutchison 3G Ireland. The sixth operator Imagine gave the promise to branches of the above mentioned musical consortiums that they will block access to the service Kickass Torrents regardless of the outcome of the litigation. The operator UPC has refused to block the service without an official court order. Otherwise Ireland is one of the first countries in the world that has banned access to popular service The Pirate Bay. In June, five ISPs obtain a court order to block The Pirate Bay, due to lawsuits by companies EMI, Sony, Warner Music and Universal for sustained financial damage.

Earlier this year, a musical consortium sued Ireland because they did not enacted legislation that is consistent with EU law on copyright protection fast enough.

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