Finding equilibrium: IP vs the Internet


Peter Bolger and Richard Woulfe

Internet service providers continue to be the focus of attempts to curtail online infringement. Richard Woulfe and Peter Bolger report on the latest balance shift.

“For a small nation with a population of just over 4.5 million people, Ireland has produced more than its fair share of creative people: James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Van Morrison, Bono, and more. It is now also the European home of a number of leaders in the technology industry, including Google, Facebook and Twitter. 

The ease with which unauthorised copies of protected works can be shared via the Internet, particularly following the advent of person-to-person file sharing, has led to tension between these two groups. In Ireland, attempts by content creators to force intermediaries such as Internet service providers (ISPs) to take active steps to prevent copyright infringement, culminated in a series of cases between record companies and ISPs.

Shift towards the music industry?

ISPs, online infringement