We’re going dark this week as part of the Blackout Ireland protest. This is a protest against a recent court settlement where Eircom (a major Irish ISP) has agreed to start disconnecting Internet users based on unsubstantiated accusations from the Irish Recorded Music Association (and its members).
While we acknowledge IRMAs right to defend its copyrights, we are agrieved at the manner in which it is doing it. Accusing people of infringing copyright and disconnecting them from the Internet without giving them the right to reply, or proper judicial oversight is wrong. This sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online, and moves Ireland one step closer to Internet censorship.