Court blocks music copying sites

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Court blocks music copying sites

In December 2013, the High Court in Ireland granted orders to block access to music sites, so as to protect copyrights in music.

Music companies Sony Music Entertainment (Ireland), Warner Music Ireland and Universal Music Ireland took legal action to shut down access to a file-sharing website, Kickass Torrents (KAT).  As they could not pin down the owners or operators of the site, they sought court orders against certain internet service providers to cut off access to the KAT website.

The High Court now obliges UPC Communications Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, Digiweb, Hutchinson 3 G Ireland and Telefonica Ireland to prevent their subscribers accessing, copying or downloading music from the KAT site.  The judge agreed to uphold the protection of copyright in the music, in an effort to prevent theft, and infringement of rights.

Other ISPs  (Internet Service Providers) agreed to block access to the KAT site provided the court ordered the site be blocked by ISPs.  The ISPs did not want to be party to illegal or dishonest breach of copyright.  None of the ISP defendants objected to the orders – even though the music companies still had to take several of them to the High Court before they agreed to close access to the copyright infringement website.

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