Irish Govt pushing through ‘illegal downloads’ changes to copyright law – Siliconrepublic.com

In its final days, the Government is believed to be rushing through a statutory instrument that will amend the existing Act and which will give judges the power to grant injunctions against ISPs in relation to infringement cases.

The move is believed to stem from October’s court case between the music industry (Warner, Sony, Universal and EMI) and UPC in which the judge pointed to a key gap in Irish copyright laws.

Siliconrepublic.com has learned that the Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation and the Department of Communications have tabled the legislation which is currently in the hands of the parliamentary draftsman with a view to passing it by Friday.

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