This story has context
For the specific case (the 2009 settlement of EMI vs Eircom) mentioned here, people seem to be ignoring the history. Can I draw your attention to the Register article about the Dublin High Court's review? One Andrew Orlowski was particularly scathing about riled-up 'freetards':
"So the ruling rejects two key arguments made by critics of the UK's Digital Economy Act - that internet access is a 'fundamental human right', and that copyright enforcement infringes privacy. The ruling gives the go ahead light for a 'three strikes' policy in Ireland." It goes on to quote that judge in a way you would approve of:
' ... Charleton notes that [the internet] is, "thickly populated by fraudsters, pornographers of the worst kind and cranks... Among younger people, so much has the habit grown up of downloading copyright material from the internet that a claim of entitlement seems to have arisen to have what is not theirs for free"... Everyone won from this, he noted, "except for the creators of original copyright material who are utterly disregarded." '
However the latest ruling from the DPC, backed by the EU, ditches that court's jurisprudence in no uncertain terms. Internet (and data) access is indeed a fundamental human right; copyright enforcement does infringe privacy laws; and the light for a 'three strikes' policy has just turned red.
Be aware when reading Orlowski's original post that some paragraphs didn't make sense, for example: "The defendant had referred to Eircom as Eire's Data Protection Commissioner."
This is probably an innocent mistake which should have been caught by a sub-editor. There was no actual defendant; the judge was ruling on the lawfulness of a private settlement between parties. He had to do this because someone had complained about the settlement to the DPC. The DPC did not appear before the judge - it was not required to, and indeed could not because it's own due process had yet to run its course.
Now that process is done, the office of the DPC has in effect slapped El Reg, the copyright industry, the judge, and the Irish Government in the face. I await their respective reactions with eager anticipation.
Personally I don't download files illegally, perhaps because I'm far too old - I'm not even remotely tempted by current tastes in music or movies, and I take my own photos.
But perhaps I qualify as a 'freetard' because I do download large numbers of ISO images of things like the latest distribution of Fedora (before retiring I was an engineer and CCNA, and I maintain an interest in the tech). Also, I would tend to believe that where the marginal cost of production is essentially zero a rational society has no business prohibiting copy production; it's inefficient of resources, and criminalizes the population, thereby bringing the law into disrepute. Which is one reason "people" don't care whether "file sharing goes on".