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Saturday 25 November 2017

EMI takes action against the State

MUSIC group EMI's Irish arm has started to take action against the illegal downloading of music by taking an action against the Irish State.

EMI has launched a High Court action to have the State force network providers to impose certain anti-piracy measures.

The High Court noted that a provision stopping ISPs from allowing access to pirate sites was needed to align Irish law with EU requirements.

The Government has promised to issue an order to allow copyright holders to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites that they consider are engaged in piracy.

But EMI Records (Ireland) is unhappy about the slow progress on this issue.

Chief executive Willie Kavanagh said that the EU requirements should provide companies such as EMI the right to seek court injunctions against ISPs that allow access to music piracy websites.

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