The proceedings have been brought by EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd, Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Ireland) Ltd, Universal Music (Ireland) Ltd and Warner Music (Ireland) Ltd. They want court orders — under the Copyright and Related Rights Acts 2000 —restraining Eircom from infringing copyright in the sound recordings owned by, or exclusively licensed to them, by making available (through Eircom’s internet service facilities) copies of those recordings to the public without the companies’ consent.The labels have uncovered some really juicy evidence demonstrating that Eircom isn't all that eager to fight piracy. For example:
- An Eircom official sent an internal email asking, "PS 'piracy' is a loaded term. Could we say 'sharing'- 'piracy' implies there’s something wrong with it."
- Wrote the same official, "Think of it [piracy] as helping the health and good living of rich cocaine sniffing rock stars by leaving them with less free money to spend on sex and drugs."
- As late as this week, Eircom has been advertising on The Pirate Bay, the notorious Swedish infringement site whose leaders have been charged with criminal infringement.