Ireland brings in SOPA style law

Despite an 80,000 person petition and complaints that it was bringing in censorship, the Irish government has brought in a law similar to SOPA.

According to the Journal, Junior minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed that the controversial statutory instrument that reinforces online copyright laws in Ireland has been signed into law.

It will make it possible for copyright holders to seek court injunctions against ISPs or social networks whose systems are hosting copyright-infringing material.

Sherlock, who is ironically the Minister for Research and Innovation, said that the High Court now has “significant guidance” from the European Court of Justice regarding the implementation of the measure.

The move is more a result of bullying from Big Content which sued the Irish government for not having blocking laws. This move will give it some blocking laws to play with.

Sherlock claims that it will be up to the court to ensure that any remedy will uphold the freedom of internet service providers, or ISPs, to conduct their business. Sherlock claimed that an ISP cannot be ordered to carry out monitoring of information.

However, he did say that he was launching a new stage of the Copyright Review Committee which is “aimed at removing barriers to innovation”.

He said it is important to develop Ireland’s laws in this area in such a way as to provide the greatest possible encouragement for innovation in the creative and digital industries.