The Sunday Times features a full page article on page 9 from Mark Tighe, which extensively covers the SOPA Ireland issue, and includes copy which should cause alarm bells to ring:
Google, which employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland, refused to comment on Sherlock’s proposed statutory instrument. It referred queries to Paul Durrant, general manager of the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI), of which Google is a member.
The ISPAI has made it’s views very clear to ministers, calling the draft SI published on Thursday “vague and unclear” and speaking of “drastic consequences.” Durrant is quoted as saying “all members” are worried. (As indeed all of us are, except apparently the ministerial department charged with innovation.)
On a lighter note, the article also includes this priceless quote that demonstrates how effective the furore created by the people behind 70,000+ signatures has been in raising awareness:
One [music] industry boss said he was aghast at being confronted by his teenage son, who, after consulting Twitter, said “Dad, why are you trying to block the internet?”
The article includes extensive commentary from stopSOPAireland’s TJ McIntyre; ISPAI’s Paul Durrant; our favourite EMI boss Willie Kavanagh (he who thinks stopSOPAireland campaigners are “disgraceful“); and interestingly refers to “an EMI critique of Stop SOPA Ireland’s position paper.”
70,000 voices have certainly captured the government’s, the press’s, and EMI’s attention. And for each of them, the gratitude flows.
PS: Worth noting is that the briefing document referred to was published publicly on this site; if EMI has been equally transparent about their “critique,” pointers to that document would be appreciated.