Proposal for internet piracy broker service
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The government is considering setting up an internet piracy broker service to resolve disputes between internet pirates and digital entertainment companies.
The broker would facilitate ‘‘conflict resolution’’ between ‘‘entrenched’’ copyright holders, such as music labels and film companies, and those who download their work illegally.
According to industry estimates, the Irish music industry lost more than €40 million in sales last year due to internet piracy.
The broker proposal is part of a set of government proposals aimed at creating up to 30,000 jobs in the digital economy.
The broker would be part of a proposed international content services centre, modelled on the International Financial Services Centre.
‘‘There is a huge opportunity to be a broker between these two entrenched positions and serve the consumer,” according to the report.
The idea has received the backing of some high-profile industry executives, including David Puttnam, the director of Chariots Of Fire.
‘‘The proposed centre is highly attractive and sets real challenges on how to manage content in a fair manner,” said Puttnam.
However, the proposal is certain to draw a negative response from music companies and the Irish Recorded Music Association, which represents international music labels in Ireland.
Four music labels are in the process of suing BT Ireland and Chorus NTL for alleged internet piracy activity by users of their broadband networks.
The government proposals, contained in a report entitled Technology Actions To Support The Smart Economy, also advocates the setting up of environmentally friendly data centres.
They would be based on new high-speed technology from Dublin company In tune Networks, which has outlined plans to create 350 high-tech jobs.
The report estimates that data centres attract international corporate headquarters, which creates revenue for the government.
The report also advocates the deployment of digital smart meters in domestic households, to help measure energy consumption.
Contributors to the government report include senior Irish industry figures, including Microsoft Ireland chief Paul Rellis, IBM’s Michael Daly and John Shine of ESB Networks.