Ireland becomes the first country in the world where a system of "graduated response" is being put in place. Under the pilot scheme, Eircom Will customers who illegally share copyrighted music will get three warnings before having their broadband service cut off for a year. Under Feb'09 settlement with Irish Recorded Music Association , telecoms agreed to introduce a system for its 750k broadband users,
"during pilot phase, Eircom agreed to process about 50 IPs a week. Irma is using 3rd-party firm, Dtecnet, to identify Eircom customers who're sharing, and not simply downloading, specific list of its members' copyrighted works on peer-to-peer networks. Dick Doyle of Irma said his organisation supply thousands of IPs to Eircom a week but it was a matter of seeing what ISPs was able to process. Infringing customers initially will get a phone call from Eircom, on 3rd time, service withdrawn for 7 days, and on 4rth broadband connection will cut off for a year."