So, our great and glorious Minister Sean Sherlock just signed SOPA into law in Ireland, despite a huge civil outcry. The poorly defined statutory instrument will allow anyone claiming “Copyright Infringement” to seek a court injunction against any website, without having to present evidence and without a consultation with the accused website. The form of the resulting censorship is unclear, but will probably require ISP-level DNS censorship of websites outside Ireland, or direct seizing of those within the Irish jurisdiction.
Dear Mr. Bruton, I am writing to you (and simultaneously to my blog, where further correspondence will be forwarded) to ask that you reconsider your support of a Three-Strikes policy on internet use in Ireland. There are many reasons for you to do so. Chiefly among them, I feel, is the threat to our judicial system if this system becomes part of Irish law. By legitimising the surveillance of corporate bodies on Irish citizens, and by permitting these foreign corporate bodies to realise a powerful ability normally reserved for state agencies (the power to effectively silence a citizen of Ireland), the Three-Strikes policy will set a precedent whereby privatisation of legal power becomes acceptable.
(This post is cross-posted from the Nexus Cork blog, where I just posted it) Update: Changed Bitcoin address to a modern one I haven't lost! Hey all, Cathal here. I've got a project in the pipeline that I'd like to shout about while it brews. You may have heard about Dead Drops: Worldwide, governments and corporations are warring against the freedom and enlightenment that universal net access is bringing us. If they have their way, then scarcely a decade after the first net-native generation emerged, the internet will be crippled and controlled by the people who stand to lose the most from true, informed democracy.
The following is an open letter to ICANN, spurred by the suggestion that they might capitulate to demands from lobbyists to help cripple one of the main Top-Level-Domains (TLD) of the internet, the “.net” domain. Dear ICANN, I am writing to you to plead that you discard the unreasonable demands of copyright lobby organisations that the .net TLD be subject to unreasonable and unnecessary oversight. Fitstly, a privatised agreement that supersedes and even expands the already potent DMCA is unnecessary, as a legal route to takedown of infringing content is already well established and, some would say, overused.
Dear Mr. Crowley, As one of your constituents, and as an aspiring writer with a vested interest in intellectual property structures, I am writing (publicly) to you to ask that you please consider opposing the proposed Copyright Term Extension in the European Parliament this week and going forward. Copyright term extension does not protect general artists, for whom a creative work is almost never going to be commercially viable after 50 years in any case.