Eircom has settled its case with the big music labels, which were suing it to take more action against illegal file-sharers. If the music labels come to it with IP addresses that they have identified as illegal file-sharers, Eircom will, in its own words:
"1) inform its broadband subscribers that the subscribers IP address has been detected infringing copyright and
"2) warn the subscriber that unless the infringement ceases the subscriber will be disconnected and
"3) in default of compliance by the subscriber with the warning it will disconnect the subscriber"
Sound like a climbdown by Eircom? Not so, says its head of communications, Paul Bradley.
"They wanted to get into our network, to implement a technological solution," he told me a few minutes ago. "Instead, they've agreed they're not getting that. They're going to get a third party to go off and try and gather information themselves as to who is using our network to file-share illegally. It's a key difference."
"What happens at the moment is that music labels need to go to court to get an order asking us to shut off a subscriber's connection. Under the compromise, they will come to us, using the same standard of proof they would have given the court. We need to be convinced that our subscriber is file-sharing illegally."