Just got a mail from the heads in ALTO regarding the Eircom and 'big 4' case (article linked in articles of the day below)
"The alternative telco sector is not party to the recently announced agreement between Eircom and four major record labels. This is according to ALTO, the body that represents Ireland’s alternative telecommunications companies.
It was announced yesterday that Eircom will work with EMI, Sony, Warner and Universal in a bid to reduce illegal downloads. Under a system known as “three strikes and you’re out” Eircom customers found to be pirating music online will receive two warnings, and, if they persist, broadband service will be discontinued. The agreement is unprecedented worldwide.
In reaction, Ronan Lupton, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators (ALTO), said: “As yesterday’s agreement between Eircom and the record companies was a direct action against Eircom it is not enforceable on Ireland’s other broadband providers. While we obviously do not condone illegal downloading or any illegality on or over the Internet, we firmly disapprove of any draconian measures that would compromise the privacy, speed or services offered to broadband users. We do not need measures to further impede the development of next generation broadband in Ireland.”
For over a decade, the international music industry has been reeling from the surge in illegal file-sharing and digital downloads on the web. While the situation has exacerbated in recent years with the increased availability of broadband, opinion varies on solutions.
ALTO’s members include BT Ireland, Magnet Networks, NTL, Chorus, Smart Telecom, Budget Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Colt Telecom, Complete Networks, Digiweb, ESB Telecoms, Verizon and 3 Play Plus."