And the punishment is what, not to turn off certain ports or something but to just turn off all of the internet. Typical reactionary, nannyish, corporal punishment policy taken by the Irish government. First they'll make three phone calls to the person warning them of their behaviour, a three strikes and your out policy.
I suppose if they promise to be good girls and boys in the future they'll give them another chance in the future and let them go on the internet again on a preliminary basis. This applies to porn, movies and all types of downloading.... all p2p or torrents.... they can't stop the http ones unless they snoop on every single site you look at or block sites. It's ridiculous.
Eircom won't stop anyone from downloading anything with this. Nothing will happen in this except they will lose hundreds of thousands of customers. People are just going to switch to another provider straightaway, no phone calls, no stupid bullshit.
Ireland is the only country in the world and eircom are the only ISP stupid enough to do this. Out of all the hundreds or thousands of countries in the world, many ridiculous ones, only in Ireland is this decision being made.
Justice Charlaton, what a fitting name he has, sitting there talking to us all about morality. Record executives who earn millions on the back of the artists forced to sign up for them are coming out with sob stories about the industry being destroyed... BOO HOO.The system is needed, in the words of Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, because "the mischievous side of the human personality, containing a repulsive aspect as well as an attractive and humorous one, has also come to the fore over the Internet."
If people want to share media on the internet, they're not going to be able to stop them. It's only going to get easier and easier to pirate material anyway. Ireland are becoming the laughing stock of the world over actions like these.
If people aren't going to buy as much media content anymore then they're just going to have to find a different way to make money. Maybe a government-subsidided industry wouldn't be out of the question.
What if someone is stealing their wireless from outside the house? What if they were sharing legal torrents? (eircom claim to only be able to view your IP address and connections, not their content).