Music ruling is 'worth €20m'
Published 02/05/2010 | 05:00
Irish music industry types are humming a happy tune despite the terrible sales figures that came out last week.
Ireland's 600,000 illegal downloaders are blamed for a lot of the €60m crash in Irish music sales in the past five years, but a crackdown is likely thanks to a new judgment.
Judge Peter Charleton ruled that record companies handing over the IP addresses of illegal music downloaders is not a breach of data protection law. Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes had held that it was an invasion of privacy. The move could be worth €20m to the music business, IMRO boss Dick Doyle says.