is launching a lawsuit against the Irish government for taking too long to deal with its piracy problem.
The major label, which is home to 30 Seconds To Mars
, Alice In Chains
and The Beatles
, says the country has not taken enough action to combat illegal file sharing.
According to CMU
, the Irish recording industry has been lobbying for anti-piracy measures to force internet service providers (ISPs) to police file-sharing.
Although one ISP, Eircom
, has agreed to a "three strikes" rule as seen in the UK France and Spain, efforts to force other companies to warn customers in a similar way have failed.
The three strikes rule is a system where an ISP will send two formal warnings to customers who illegally download content. Customers who ignore the warnings are disconnected, or face "throttling" which significantly reduces your connection speed.
However, the move by EMI is unusual given than the Irish government is yet to announce an official set of anti-piracy. Some observers believe the litigation is simply to force the Irish government not to brush the issue aside while it deals with an economic crisis.
EMI Ireland saw its profits drop by half in 2011 according to NME, which it blames on illegal file sharing. It's no wonder the label wants to find a resolution quickly.