Update (16.01.08): The Irish Times has coverage of the first day of hearings. I was rather amused by this internal email from 2001:
"We need to reach a decision on how we are going to handle this," the e-mail said. "PS: 'piracy' is a loaded term. Could we say 'sharing' – 'piracy' implies there’s something wrong with it.In a separate story, the Irish Times also reveals claims by the music industry that their campaign of litigation directly against individual uploaders "had cost the companies some €600,000 and secured compensation of only €70,000".
"Think of it as helping the health and good living of rich cocaine-sniffing rock stars by leaving them with less free money to spend on sex and drugs."