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Stop SOPA Ireland

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday January 27, 2012 10:01author by Indyjourno Report this post to the editors

Sean Sherlock, Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, has introduced new legislation that is being called Irelands SOPA. The legislation is being introduced as a statutory instrument which means that it will be implemented by the signature of the Minster and not a vote in the Dáil.
Take action. Protect the Irish Internet from censorship
Take action. Protect the Irish Internet from censorship

The legislation will give Courts the powers to block ISP’s and other intermediaries who provide services that might possibly be used for copyright infringement. It is similar to the SOPA legislation that was recently proposed and then dropped in the US after major websites like Wikepedia demonstrated against the proposals by blacking out for a day.

In Ireland the law is being introduced due to pressure from the music industry who are currently suing the Irish government for failing to provide legislative provisions for blocking, diverting and interrupting internet after a High Court decision in October 2010 of High Court Judge Peter Charleton in EMI V UPC where he held that Irish law did not permit an order to be made against an ISP requiring blocking of websites.

There is due to be a discussion of the legislation in the Dáil next week

Contact your local TD's to protest this legislation

For further details

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"

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author by Crazy Catpublication date Sun Jan 29, 2012 13:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The leglistation in Ireland stems from this

author by Frankpublication date Sun Jan 29, 2012 18:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

ACTA and SOPA directly affects YOU.

Bascically just watch the video..and you'll know everything!

Further information on ACTA

Petition & information on SOPA Ireland

Meet at the garden of remberence (top of O connell street) at one o clock, we will then march to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation and make ourselves heard! WE cannot let Ireland or Europe get away with this. I REPEAT GARDEN OF REMEMBERENCE AT ONE PM.
If Everyone could have some sort of a tape over your mouth to symbolize no freedom of speech,it would be great :)

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author by soappublication date Sun Jan 29, 2012 20:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It appears that the Irish labour Party have found that playing with the big boys involves dumping the grass-root and becoming industry-hacks. Certainly this is what the Greens did also, and everyone can see what happened there, even if if was behind closed doors.

In short their budgets have been unfair, they have cut the NWCI, they have targetted the poor in budget-arrangements with FG and now they wish to destroy communication and sharing. Whatever Viagra is in the Dáil water is not worth burning the ship and dancing on the burning deck. Seán Sherlock T.D did not engage in consultation, and published the wording within one hour of attempting to use RTÉ to get people 'on message' regarding his willingness to disgrace both Office and party.

This is not policy , it is simple censorship.

I'd be using and lobbying those eejits whose inflexibility makes a mockery of an electoral system that is in the hand , pocket and ball-space on IBEC, EMI,Éircom and IMRO (The circle-jerk of the 'entertainment industry)

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author by vested interestpublication date Mon Feb 06, 2012 13:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is the level of debate of the vested interest who in close cooperation with government control the whack that passes for news in Ireland :

Yep, we are consumers of crap and tat: failed celebrities and the latest fashion is far more important than debate, which in Seán Sherlock's tiny little head amounts to taking consultation from a tiny pool of interests and launching ill-advised ad hominen attacks on the 80,000 people who signed against 'his' SI.

The Labour Party have failed already.

author by btjunkiepublication date Wed Feb 08, 2012 22:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

One of the best torrent sites closes...

RIP :-(

author by AAARRRRRRpublication date Fri Jul 20, 2012 02:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Irony is not dead.

Sound of irony: Copyright firm fined after stealing music for anti-piracy ad
Published: 18 July, 2012, 13:23

A music royalty collection agency in the Netherlands got trapped by the very copyright rules it was intended to protect. The company has been fined for stealing music from its client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties.

Music royalty collection agency Buma/Stemra now owes at least 164,974 euro to the Dutch musician Melchior Rietveldt, a sum calculated by the recording artist himself.

Back in 2006, Buma/Stemra approached Melchior Rietveldt with a request to create a composition that would be used in an anti-piracy advertisement. At that time the group claimed it would be shown exclusively at a local film festival.

But to the composer’s amusement, one year later he purchased a Harry Potter DVD only to find that his piece was being used in the anti-piracy ad without his permission.

In fact, it had been used on dozens of DVDs both in the Netherlands and overseas.

Rietveldt then went to the music royalty collecting agency to ask for financial compensation. Eventually Buma/Stemra sent him “an advance” of 15,000 euro along with a promise to forward a list of all the other DVDs that the composer’s music had been used on.

That list never arrived, but according to the Amsterdam Court, it amounted to at least 71 commercial DVDs.

Despite much wrangling, by 2011 Buma/Stemra still hadn’t provided Rietveldt with the necessary data, but did pay another 10,000 euro ‘advance’.

In June, Buma/Stemra paid Rietveld another 31,000 euro. But this week the Amsterdam District Court ruled that Buma/Stemra had indeed been negligent in their handling of the case.

They were fined 20,000 euro, ordered to pay Rietveldt’s legal costs, and told to continue efforts to pay a

author by Tpublication date Thu Jan 03, 2013 21:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

As we all know Eircom caved into the copyright police awhile block and they now happily act to block websites on orders from the music and media industry, And as predicted would happen It appears the music industry is aiming its sights on all the other ISPs as they have filed High Court papers against UPC Communications Ireland Ltd, Vodafone Ireland Ltd, Imagine Telecommunications Ltd, Digiweb Ltd and Hutchinson 3 G Ltd

This was brought to attention here: and details can be found there.

But it also points out:

.....On the 5th December 2011 representatives of EMI and the other music companies met with Minister of State Sean Sherlock. They said they intended to seek the implementation of the SOPA-like Statutory Instrument so that they could seek injunctive relief against ISPs. You can read the memorandum of that meeting. They told the Minister “the wording of the SI as published is ideal” .

On the last day of February this year, the Government gave them their ideal law. See

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