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Irish broadband provider Eircom has launched a new policy to disconnect web users who are found to persistently share files illegally.

The company's new pilot scheme is designed to give consumers who are found to be regularly sharing content like music illegally three warnings before having their connections suspended for a year.

According to the Irish Times, the Irish Recorded Music Association reached a settlement with Eircom last year which included a clause calling on the firm to launch such a scheme.

Around 50 IP addresses are to be processed every week in line with the initiative, while Dtecnet's systems will be used to identify which customers are both downloading and sharing files on P2P networks.

Details of the launch of the initiative have come after industry body the Federation Against Software Theft welcomed news that the digital economy bill is not set to be repealed by the UK's new coalition government.

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