Ciara O’Brien reports that although the High Court was sympathetic to record labels who are losing money due to illegal file-sharing and downloading, it held that Irish law does not permit enforcement of any “three strikes” rule that would require ISPs to cut off users upon notification by the label companies.
Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony BMG and EMI Records had been attempting to force internet service providers to adopt a “three strikes” rule to halt copyright infringement and piracy by internet users.
The High Court ruled that laws to identify and cut off internet users illegally copying music files were not enforceable in Ireland.
Read more on Irish Times.
Update: T. J. McIntyre has uploaded the entire decision in EMI v. UPC to his site, here.