Irish Recorded Music Association

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Irish Recorded Music Association
Irish Recorded Music Association logo.png
Type Non-profit
Location
  • Ireland
Services Media attention, direct-appeal campaigns, research
Fields Protecting music
Key people Dick Doyle (Director General), Sean Murtagh (Anti-Piracy Dept), Grainne Kavanagh (IRMA Administrative Services), Alex Callow (IRMA Membership), Willie Kavanagh (Chairman IRMA), Pat Creed (Warner Music Ireland), Mark Crossingham (Universal Music Ireland), Annette Donnelly (Sony Music Ireland) & Peter Kenny (RMG)
Website irma.ie

Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) is the Irish record industry association. IRMA is a non-profit association[1] set up to manage and control the music industry in Ireland.

Goals and activities[edit]

  • On 12 June 2013, IRMA secured an Order of the High Court to block access to The Pirate Bay to all Irish internet users.[2]
  • IRMA operates to promote and protect the welfare and interests of the Irish record industry. Specifically, IRMA is involved in lobbying to protect and enhance the interest of member companies and lobby to prevent illegal downloading of music content from local and international artists.[3]
  • In the past IRMA have organised "The IRMA Honours," an awards ceremony which honours the life work of Ireland's leading musicians and people who have influenced the Irish music industry. Past recipients include Bob Geldof,[4] Larry Gogan and Christy Moore.
  • IRMA also compile and manage the official music charts for Ireland. These include: Top 100 Albums, Top 100 Singles, Top 10 Classical Albums, Top 10 Dance Singles, Top 20 Multi-Artist Compilation Albums, Top 30 Videos, Top 20 DVDs and Top 10 Music DVDS.
  • On 12 April 2005, the association began to take legal action against "serial filesharers" in Ireland who illegally distribute music on the Internet. On 15 November 2005, the IRMA began "Phase II" of its plan to battle filesharing.
  • Only Irish companies can become members of the IRMA. All members pay a yearly fee based on company size. Currently, the IRMA has 51 member companies.
  • In the mid-1990s IRMA presented the IRMA Music Awards. These have been replaced by the annual music awards show Meteor Ireland Music Awards.

Filesharing controversy[edit]

IRMA and Eircom reached an agreement over file sharing which uses a third-party organisation to monitor Eircom users for downloading of pirated music.[5] The agreed system was reported to use a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" system.[5] The agreement was criticised by Digital Rights Ireland and IrelandOffline.[5][6]

The association sent solicitors' letters to several organisations, including hosting service Blacknight Solutions, whose MD, Michele Neylon, made the copy sent to his company publicly available on the company site.[7] Although Blacknight Solutions isn't an ISP they still received the letter, which stated in the event of a positive response to this letter it is proposed to make practical arrangements with Blacknight of a like nature to those made with eircom.[7][8]

Protests against the actions of IRMA are being organised by Digital Rights Ireland, as well as Blackout Ireland.[8]

Board member companies[edit]

The recording companies and other music-related companies that are on the IRMA board are:

The IRMA trust[edit]

In 1997 the IRMA set up a trust with Phonographic Performance (Ireland) Limited, with the aim to enhance the opportunities for young people who want to pursue a career in music. The trust's main initiative is the Instrument Bank, which provides music instruments to young people, particularly to young people who live in disadvantaged communities throughout Ireland.

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