Digital Rights Ireland is a small volunteer organisation dedicated to defending civil, human and legal rights in a digital age. They are perhaps best known thus far for their participation in the Stop SOPA in Ireland campaign – the attempt to stop Seán Sherlock bringing in the law that Sherlock promised couldn’t and wouldn’t be used to block access to any websites.
So, when the music industry recently brought a court case against Irish ISPs to force them to block access to some websites, Digital Rights Ireland applied to be an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case.
Long story short, the music industry opposed the application, and the one day hearing to determine if DRI could be heard in the case landed them with a legal bill of almost €30,000 (later halved on appeal (which itself cost €1,900!) to €13,700.
(As an aside, how come just about the only “recommendation” of the Troika to not be implemented was reform of the legal profession?!)
So, without help, Digital Rights Ireland could be shut down by the music industry. These guys are working for every citizen – please don’t let that happen! You can donate via the links on their site, at http://www.digitalrights.ie