After failing last year in its attempt to force a local Internet service provider to block online piracy, a major record label is now taking on a much bigger opponent. Yesterday, EMI Records filed a lawsuit against the Irish state for not fulfilling its obligations under European law which would otherwise allow for the “blocking, diverting or interrupting of internet communications” which breach copyright law.
In October 2010 at the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Charleton acknowledged that record companies in Ireland (Warner, Universal, Sony and EMI) were being harmed by Internet piracy but that laws to cut off file-sharers and block sites were not enforceable in the country.
The case had been brought by the major labels (headed by EMI) against local ISP UPC in an attempt to force it to block Internet piracy.
EMI Sues Irish State For Not Implementing Piracy Blocking Provisions | TorrentFreak