- 22 Apr 05
The dramatic announcement last week that the Irish Record Music Assocation was planning to sue 17 individuals the association has identified as "serial file-sharers" sent shock waves through the industry. IRMA chief executive Dick Doyle explains the background to to the move. Report by Tanya Sweeney.
On 30th March of this year, a music industry board meeting got underway at IRMA’s offices in Dun Laoghaire. Among those present were IRMA Chairman Dick Doyle [pictured], major and indie label MDs, and a cluster of selected industry figureheads. Yet this was no other day at the office; it was a board meeting that would irreversibly alter the way in which people use computers to store, listen to – and crucially to share – music. The times, as they say, were a changin’.