"Irish SOPA" bill becomes law in Ireland despite protests

The fight against intrusive copyright laws being used on the web lost a battle in Ireland on Thursday. The Guardian reports that Ireland's government has now passed a law that would allow copyright content holders to petition Internet service providers to block all access to web sites that are suspected of harboring pirated material.

Seán Sherlock, the Labour minister for research and innovation, stated that he did not feel that the new law would eventually lead to major web sites being blocked such as YouTube or Facebook. He added that he has "no intention" to use the law to block Ireland's citizens from accessing the Internet. The new law also has the backing of the Irish Recorded Music Association which said it would be used to protect the rights of Irish music creators.

However, there has been a lot of opposition to this law, dubbed by its critics the "Irish SOPA", a reference to the now stalled US legislation  Stop Online Piracy Act; over 80,000 people signed an online petition that protested the law. Ireland also has a number of tech companies that have large offices such as Google and Facebook and they fear that the new law could cause the tech industry to slow its growth in that country.

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**** THIS IS GOOD ****

-> 1. The music/video companys will like this
-> 2. If Eircom does start to block every website on the web, so what?. They already blocked thepiratebay.org in 2009.
-> 3. This will mean if ISP's in Ireland start blocking sites the sales for VPNS will go up, meaning more/cheaper VPN'S
-> 4. Using an American IP via (VPN) is better than using an typical IP in ireland, the amount of content if your in the us is great, Even on Youtube if your in the US the amount of extra content you get such as movies,shows,etc

!! SOPA ftw,

Ahhh you guys CAN'T let this happen!! Take back your sovereignty by force! What happened to the Fighting Irish??

It probably goes without saying, but addresses, phone numbers, private emails, etc, of government officials will probably be posted on PasteBin in the next couple of days.

This is what idiots with power are capable of, there was opposition to it in Ireland but it seems that no attention was paid. Sean Sherlocks facebook has made for great reading over the past few days, its just unfortunate that he managed to sign this into law...another nail in the coffin.

80,000 people signed an online petition
Seems like to them is not good enough. This show how the real power can do whatever they want, even if the ppl opposite to their ELECTED government.
And again is not about piracy, thats an excuse, and if that is not good enough, childs will come next and then terrorism.

ThePitt said,
80,000 people signed an online petition
Seems like to them is not good enough. This show how the real power can do whatever they want, even if the ppl opposite to their ELECTED government.

If the Greek government can still impose IMF / central bank forced austerity measures against its own citizens despite the whole country revolting/rioting, a mere 80,000 petition doesn't even register.

The people have no real power or say in our so called western democracies and we're very slowly waking up to that fact. I see no difference between what Greek's government is doing to what Syria's is. The Greek police/military might not be slaughtering its citizens directly, but it's still suppressing the people using cs. gas, batons, etc. It's the people vs the government in both cases, yet the western media tries to portray them differently.

ThePitt said,

And again is not about piracy, thats an excuse, and if that is not good enough, childs will come next and then terrorism.

Child pornography is usually the first justification used by governments to rescind the rights of the people, second is security against terrorism. The funny thing is it's all happened before yet most of the sheeple just don't see it.

simplezz said,

If the Greek government can still impose IMF / central bank forced austerity measures against its own citizens despite the whole country revolting/rioting, a mere 80,000 petition doesn't even register.

The people have no real power or say in our so called western democracies and we're very slowly waking up to that fact. I see no difference between what Greek's government is doing to what Syria's is. The Greek police/military might not be slaughtering its citizens directly, but it's still suppressing the people using cs. gas, batons, etc. It's the people vs the government in both cases, yet the western media tries to portray them differently.

The romantic notion of "the people vs the government" is an extremely remedial way of viewing such current affairs.


Child pornography is usually the first justification used by governments to rescind the rights of the people, second is security against terrorism. The funny thing is it's all happened before yet most of the sheeple just don't see it.

Oh the drama...

Utter drivel.

As an Irish person I can safely that this Sean Sherlock person who suggested this bill is an absolute tool. On his personal campaign website people found around 5 copyrighted images (Windows icons, ones directly taken from other major websites etc...) so not only does this prove that he probably thinks that his internet router has the entire internet saved on it, it also shows how much of an overall idiot he really is,.

If the US can't get it passed at first, all they need to do is force it upon other countries. Then they can say "Everyone else does it, why can't we?"

**** living in the US. But at least we are a little better off than most I guess.

It's censorship time - Be prepared to have all your favourite sites shut down at the whim of corrupt governments and corporate interests.

simplezz said,
It's censorship time - Be prepared to have all your favourite sites shut down at the whim of corrupt governments and corporate interests.

This is exactly why this is going through. Just be ready for dim-witted people to make fun of you for speaking the truth.

simplezz said,
It's censorship time - Be prepared to have all your favourite sites shut down at the whim of corrupt governments and corporate interests.

~Exactly my thought....Im a campaigner for the legalise cannabis movement, i see corrupt government statistics/documents on a daily basis. If the government can lie about a simple plant think of the possibilities when it comes to illegal downloads...its a grey area, does everyone know the law 100% to not get caught... only time will tell

And there was never a word about it in the news. The online community here got wind of it and we signed petitions to have it stopped but ignored! Trust ireland to jump on the bandwagon but be to proud to get off when it catches fire.

Mr Spoon said,
Although if Scotland get their way then it probably wouldn't affect them

you mean when we "get our own way" as you so put it. ;-) good luck with clegg and running yourcountry though.

PurpleHaze420 said,
Unlucky Ireland. Lets hope this crap dosen't happen on the mainland UK. Meh.

It already has. A judge's decision has set a precedent that paves the way for indiscriminate blocking, although it'll still probably have to go through the court system, something of an inconvenience for the MAFIAA.

PurpleHaze420 said,
Unlucky Ireland. Lets hope this crap dosen't happen on the mainland UK. Meh.

Sadly, I bet it probably will. You know the smoking ban? Ireland introduced it first over here, and then the UK followed suit shortly after. I won't be surprised if the UK gets its own version of SOPA or ACTA by the end of the year.

He added that he has "no intention" to use the law to block Ireland's citizens from accessing the Internet.
This is very scare because it mean it can be used for that, sad times.

Irish people should have raised more awareness in big social sites such as reddit. Although I'm not irish I haven't seen anything about this. It's always good to let the world know about this sort of stuff

Stop Online Piracy? Nawww, this is to stop people from commutation and gaining knowledge. Don't let the name of the bill fool you.

Open Minded said,
Stop Online Piracy? Nawww, this is to stop people from commutation and gaining knowledge. Don't let the name of the bill fool you.

Your comment and your name are what most call an oxymoron