The Irish Times reports, that Eircom, one of Ireland’s major internet service providers, is to begin disconnecting users from the Internet, if they receive three unsubstantiated copyright infringement claims from the record labels.
The internet is a fantastic, inherently democratic resource, allowing freedom of speech, of assembly and of the press. It is a conduit for civic engagement, health care, employment, education, distant family, love and life.
Disconnecting people from the Internet on the basis of an unsubstantiated accusation, without a court order, without a chance to defend yourself against your accusers, without a chance to see and challenge the evidence is nothing more than a step backwards.
Call it “digital feudalism” if you will. You only get access to the Internet with consent of the majors.
I urge all freedom loving netizens to let the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources know how you feel.