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# Irish SOPA

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# Online copyright law
'It wasn’t SOPA, we were not doing SOPA': Sherlock defends controversial copyright law
Junior Minister Seán Sherlock has spoken at length about the controversy surrounding a law enacted last year that some believe will restrict internet freedom.
Aaron McKenna: Thanks to the government, internet censorship is alive and well
Ireland has bent over backwards to accommodate the wishes of copyright holders by blocking file-sharing websites – but there isn’t as much effort put into the voluntary blocking of child porn, such as exists in the UK or Norway, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Irish SOPA
Bruton insists 'Pirate Bay' ruling will not mean bans on legal content
The enterprise minister says the rights of legal internet users are taken into account before any website can be blocked.
# Piracy
High Court orders six Irish internet providers to block The Pirate Bay
UPC, Imagine, Digiweb, Vodafone, Three and O2 have been given 30 days to block users’ access to the piracy website.
# Copyright
Record labels file suit against Irish ISPs
This could be the first suit using the country’s controversial ‘Irish SOPA’ legislation.
# Copyright laws
Report of copyright review committee delayed to 2013
The independent Copyright Review Committee, examining possible changes to Irish law, will not report until March.
# Copyright
TDs, tech and legal experts seek to crowdsource copyright review submission
The Copyright Review Committee is examining current copyright legislation in Ireland in the wake of the controversial statutory instrument signed into law earlier this year.
# Internet Freedom
WATCH: Seán Sherlock participates in debate on digital rights
The junior minister participated in a Digital Rights Forum with reps from, Irish ISPs and
# Copyright laws
Sherlock agrees to attend debate with organiser of anti-’SOPA’ petition
Following a ‘change of heart’, Seán Sherlock agrees to attend a discussion featuring the solicitor behind an 80,000-name petition.
# Copyright laws
Sherlock opens online consultations on new copyright law review
Seán Sherlock opens an online survey asking for feedback on a proposed review of Ireland’s copyright laws.
# Copyright laws
Sherlock appeals to opponents of copyright law to "call off the dogs"
The junior innovation minister says a consultation on online copyright could lead to the introduction of new government-backed laws.
# Irish SOPA
Sherlock confirms that ‘Irish SOPA’ has been signed into law
The Junior Minister has confirmed that the controversial statutory instrument regarding online copyright has been signed into law today.
# Filesharing
ECJ says web hosts can't be forced to install anti-copyright filters
In another major piracy-related ruling, the ECJ says a web host can’t be ordered to scan all uploaded files for an infringement.
# UN
'Internet freedom' is Government priority, Gilmore tells UN
The Tánaiste’s words to the Security Council come days after a controversy over the strengthening of online copyright legislation.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Net Freedom
In pictures: Anti-ACTA protesters march in Dublin
Demonstrators has been protesting against ‘SOPA Ireland’ and the EU-wide ACTA legislation.
# Anonymous
Hacked FBI-Met Police call refers to intelligence sharing with Irish authorities
A conversation between police in the UK and FBI agents in the US has been hacked and posted online by the Anonymous hacking collective today.
# Anonymous
Government website passwords obtained by Anonymous hacker
A ‘hacktivist’ from the Anonymous movement accesses and publishes website passwords of staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# Irish SOPA
Wording of 'SOPA Ireland' legislation will NOT be changed - Sherlock
Responding to criticism in the Dáil, the minister said the controversial copyright measures will go ahead as planned.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
In tonight’s Fix: Latest on ‘SOPA Ireland’; radical changes for taxis; and who’s in trouble over Eye Of The Tiger?
The Dáil debate on the 'Irish SOPA'
Follow this evening’s debate on controversial proposals for new online copyright laws with our live updates.
# Explainer
Explainer: How can ministers sign laws without Dáil approval?
How come some laws – like the ‘Irish SOPA’ – can be signed into law without being passed through the Oireachtas? We explain.
# Copyright
Dáil to discuss proposed 'Irish SOPA' legislation next Tuesday
TDs will give statements on the proposed legislation being prepared by Seán Sherlock for 50 minutes next Tuesday evening.
# Copyright
Sherlock agrees to full Dáil debate before signing online copyright law
Seán Sherlock has committed not to signing his proposed new law on online copyright without first holding a Dáil debate on it.
# In full
VIDEO: Today's Dáil discussion on the controversial 'Irish SOPA'
Miss today’s debate? Never fear – we’ve got the full video of the discussion between Seán Sherlock and Catherine Murphy here.
# sopa ireland
Sherlock still committed to signing 'imminent' copyright law
Sean Sherlock says he remains committed to implementing new laws, but is “personally” willing to consider primary legislation.
# sopa ireland
In full: Seán Sherlock's draft proposals for online copyright law
The full text of the draft Statutory Instrument, being prepared by Sean Sherlock, on online copyright law.
# sopa ireland
Ireland’s ‘SOPA’ legislation: The big arguments for and against
New laws to protect online copyright holders are proving controversial. We’ve brought together the key arguments from players on either side…
# Irish SOPA
‘Whole government response to threat’ following #OpIreland cyber attack
The Department of Justice has confirmed it was subject to a Distributed Denial of Service attack overnight.
# Irish SOPA
Government websites taken offline in Anonymous #OpIreland attack
Hacktivists from the Anonymous collective attack the Department of Justice and Finance websites over plans for the so-called ‘Irish SOPA’.