How to avoid downloading a file in Ireland
Digital activists are warning that downloading the latest version of Apple’s latest operating system from the App Store may be making it easier for criminals to get around a law that makes it illegal to download copyrighted material.
It comes as the European Court of Justice considers whether Ireland has breached its obligations under EU copyright laws to protect its citizens’ right to free expression.
The ruling comes as Ireland’s copyright commissioner is investigating whether the country breaches EU copyright law when it allows the sharing of copyrighted material in the Apple App Store, a decision that will affect millions of consumers.
The ruling will be crucial for Apple, which is facing criticism from digital rights groups for allowing the sharing without a licence from the Irish authorities.
However, the ruling will also have wider implications for Ireland’s digital economy, which has seen an explosion in the use of software, music and video streaming services.
Apple says the App store does not allow for the downloading of copyrighted works.
Irish authorities say the App stores data is used to help identify and enforce infringement, and it is not available to anyone outside of Ireland.
In a statement to The Irish Sunday Times, the digital rights organisation Digital Rights Ireland (DRII) said: “The Irish government must ensure that the Irish courts are able to enforce copyright law effectively and responsibly, and that its law enforcement agencies have access to accurate information in relation to infringement and infringement-related matters.”
These rights are not guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.