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Some Reaction to Irish Newspapers demanding money for links

On Sunday night, we published our post 2012: The year Irish newspapers tried to destroy the web on the efforts of the Irish newspaper industry to assert property rights over links. The post has provoked a good deal of comment. For convenience, we have collected up a few of the responses. Hugh Linehan, the Editor of IrishTimes.com: @jobrodie I should acknowledge that it’s all factually correct as far as I know — Hugh Linehan (@hlinehan) December 31, 2012 Prof Jay […]

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How Irish MEPs Voted on ACTA

Voted in Favour of ACTA None Voted Against ACTA Emer Costello, Paul Murphy, Liam Alyward, Nessa Childers, Pat the Cope Gallagher, Marian Harkin, Phil Prendergast Abstained on ACTA Gay Mitchell, Mairead McGuinness, Sean Kelly, Jim Higgins No Vote Recorded on ACTA Brian Crowley, Source, Pages 19-20. Update: This post originally showed Phil Prendergast as not having a vote recorded. This was my error and I have corrected it above. Sorry about that Ms Prendergast!

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SOPA Ireland Duck Hunt: Killing Canards

Canard: An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story; a duck. “I will introduce this imminently, by the end of January.” -Sean Sherlock, Sunday Business Post, 23rd January 2012 First, I’d to clarify that Minister of State, Sean Sherlock TD, has emphasised that he has not put forward any proposals to enact a “Stop Online Piracy” type Law. – He intends to bring in a vaugely worded law permitting copyright holders to seek injunctions without any explicit safeguards for fundamental rights, […]

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SOPAIreland Alternative Ministerial Order: Jam Today as well as Jam Tomorrow

Minister for State Sean Sherlock is in an unenviable position. On the 10th of Jan 2012 his government was sued by EMI Ireland for their claimed losses arising from his alleged failure to provide for injunctive relief. On the 17th January the Chief State Solicitor entered an appearance to that claim. That means the State then had 21 days to put in a defence. By my, admittedly shaky calculations, this means the State has until the 5th February to enter […]

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Stop SOPA Ireland: We must have Openness, not murky backroom deals

You will have noticed the black banner across the top of our site this week. You may also have noticed the sudden flurry of media appearances and debates on radio around the issue of Minister of State Sean Sherlock’s plan to introduce a law to allow the music labels (and other copyright holders) to seek injunctions forcing Irish ISPs to block access to sites they don’t like. “I will introduce this imminently, by the end of January.”– Minister Sherlock, Sunday […]

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Email delivery system back working

This problem has now been resolved. Thanks for your patience. Due to a breakdown in our email providers’ servers, our office has not received any emails today (Mon 7th Nov). Our providers assure us that no email has been lost and have estimated service will resume at 9am on Tuesday 8th Nov. Thank you .

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Flood problem resolved: Our phones, fax and email are back in service

FINAL UPDATE, Mon 1st November 2011 All phones, fax and email communication have now been restored to our office. We are glad to be back. Update Fri 11.40 We no longer have any Internet connection to our office. In addition Eircom now says that it estimates it will be Tuesday or Wednesday of next week before our line faults are repaired. We regret the difficulties in contacting us and suggest that ordinary posted letters are the most reliable form of […]

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Running Time

This is good. It is good for two reasons; firstly, the Council’s ruling (although not entirely selfless) will allow injured persons to access legal advice promptly after an error (and retrieve evidence before it is lost).

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The Right to Know

The editorial of the Irish Times of 1st August 2009 claims the public has “a right to know”. If there is such a right, it is so vague as to be difficult to prove it exists. Ireland has Freedom of Information legislation that addresses the right (circumscribed) of persons to gain access to documentation under the control of some public bodies. Other legislation addresses the right (equally circumscribed) of persons to gain access to information under the control of most […]

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