This week’s Sunday Business Post carried the story “Legal expert’s warning on online copyright SI” which in Senior Counsel John Gordon has a clear explanation as to why Sean Sherlock’s proposed copyright regulations are unnecessary:
A leading lawyer has said the controversial proposed statutory instrument on copyright is not required to bring Ireland into compliance with EU laws.
Last week, the ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland) released a second statement warning that this legislation threatens Ireland’s internet businesses, and Silicon Republic has a write-up on it:
The ISPs group also warns that the statutory instrument will have enormous implications for the internet industry… They also point out that most ISPs in Ireland don’t have the deep pockets to defend an injunction action taken Ireland.
The ISAI is the industry body to which Google has referred journalists for comment. The ISPAI has made this and many more comments in the past 10 days, all of them opposed to Sherlock’s drafts of the SI.
Also late last week, George Hook hosted Eamon Ryan, Leader of The Green Party and Former Minister for Communications, on The Right Hook, to explain his opposition to the proposed Irish SOPA’ legislation:
He argued that if this law is passed, sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other popular sites may be blocked in Ireland, and that free access to the internet is under threat as a result of this law.
With the exception of Miriam Lord, who offered no opinion on the legality or wisdom of the SI but merely addressed what a polite boy Sean Sherlock is and how rude the internet is being to him, there appears to be little recent impetus moving the pro-SOPA camp’s agenda ahead in our national press.