Music Industry Sues Government of Ireleand Over Copyright Reform

The major record labels have filed a lawsuit against the Government of Ireland over delays in introducing legislation permitting ISPs to block access to websites. Record label executives complain that the government has not shared advance copies of proposed legislation and so filed a lawsuit instead.

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  1. The music company lawsuit against Ireland
    The music company lawsuit against Ireland
    Finally the music companies are suing Ireland for failure to have any implementable copyright legislation;

    Even the most “cynical/daring” comments on this topic really don’t get it. Ireland has not been run as a normal state since 1998 or so, and there was every indication from back then that the music industry – in the mid 90’s perhaps the biggest in the world pro capita – began to be used for the creation of huge scams

    We can start with the admittedly labyrinthine narrative on

    To summarize; musicians start to notice that their song copyright registrations are altered when they attempt to repatriate them from Britain and the USA to the nascent Irish music “rights” organization (IMRO). Companies close to the government suddenly “own” part of the songs. The musicians check further, and notice that they are credited with writing songs that don’t exist, often spelled in Gaelic with a letter missing.

    They get the police involved; one of the police is made a job offer he can’t refuse, but parliamentary questions keep the investigation going. It is possible that the government simply wanted to find out what we knew.

    Then someone in IMRO’s London counterpart panics and – lo and behold! – it is revealed that Shay Hennessy, chair of IMRO, HAD STOLEN HUNDREDS OF COPYRIGHTS AND WAS USING IMRO TO PERPETUATE THE THEFT. Quis cutodies cutodiet? AS it happens, the police investigation was aborted with a leak to the papers

    Hennessy was the main advisor on the copyright act that has caused this snafu;

    It is important to remember that, when referring to Ireland 1997-2011, we are not talking about a modern democracy; it is a third world country, with the prime minister paying a fortune of taxpayers’ money to promote the musical and other “artistic” careers of his daughters and their partners, including the horrible “PS I love you”.

    U2, among many others, took advantage of the artists destroyers’ exemption, which allowed them trade with dissolved companies and steal at will from far better musicians than them;