The Irish Recorded Music Association has said it is pursuing cases against 17 people for illegally uploading music onto the internet. 

IRMA says it is unhappy at being forced to take the action, but claims that illegal file sharing is effectively stealing the livelihoods of musicians. 

The association says that in the last four years, the Irish music industry recorded a drop in sales of 19%. IRMA is the trade organisation representing 47 members, including major and independent record companies.