Ireland’s SOPA: “proposed law leaves future of Irish internet to discretion of Irish judges” – “the people will not accept diktat”

Proposed New Law

Minister Seán Sherlock has proposed a new law which is best explained here. It will be enacted by a single stroke of his pen.
Why are we opposed to this law?

  1. It is vague in the extreme. There are no details of what is considered a transgression. It isn’t clear if the site targeted will even be informed of the proceedings.
  2. The mere threat that allowing a user to post content could land the service in court will ensure that no service allows it. The implications are no more social media for Ireland, who the hell is going to take that risk?? This scares us greatly but will TERRIFY the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook. Of course we have to stay here and live with it. They and their thousands of jobs, don’t.
  3. Its not fair. This is akin to letting Bank of Ireland take proceedings against the National Toll Roads Ltd when a getaway-driver uses the M50. Pretty soon, no one will want to build roads.
  4. It kills innovation and scares away foreign investment. Boards might have the clout and money to fight some of these injunctions. Smaller operators simply won’t.
  5. This wont even work. This will take the pirates 10 minutes to circumvent and I can demonstrate that easily if anyone wants to see.

Bad Law

This is the very definition of bad law. It punishes those who are trying to do what is right while doing nothing to stop the criminals. It seems to follow the headless chicken logic of “Something must be done!!! This is something, therefore we must do this!!”
Why is this being pushed through on the signature of one man without proper consultation with the industry and with the people of Ireland (over 45,000 of whom have already signed a petition against this)?
It won’t work, its vastly over powered and punishes the wrong people. It’s bad law and I’m asking Minister Sherlock to reconsider it.

Contact your local TD’s to protest this legislation

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What passes as “debate” on this important issue in our parliament by Mr Sherlock before fast tracking it through without a vote:
Basically “we’re putting this through no matter what. But ye should all have a nice “organic” debate about it afterwards when it’s too late”

  • Martin FerrisLegislation must precede internet order – “the people will not accept diktat”: “Sinn Féin and other opposition parties, along with tens of thousands of concerned citizens, are still insisting on a full debate and legislation on this issue. Given the huge controversy over this and the potential damaging impact the proposed ministerial order will have, it is absolutely essential to the democratic process and the framing of proper domestic law that the Minister does not sign into law any measure until the proper legislative process is observed.“Allowing people to vent their frustrations is no substitute for democracy. The minister’s response is totally inadequate. There must be a full debate and legislation on this issue. The people will not accept diktat.”
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