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Ferris calls on minister to abandon internet order

31 January, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Martin Ferris TD has this evening called on Minister Seán Sherlock to withdraw a draft Statutory Instrument which would give large corporations extensive rights to secure injunctions against internet sites on the grounds of copyright breach.

Deputy Ferris was speaking during a mini-debate that was forced on the Government by the level of opposition, including a petition of 80,000 names, to the move.

Deputy Ferris said:

“If there is to be a genuine debate on this area then Minister Sherlock needs to suspend the order, publish primary draft legislation and have it proceed in the normal manner under public scrutiny.

“There are issues around copyright, but there are also issues of freedom of information and the exchange of information. That requires proper domestic legislation and debate rather than the issuance of diktats on the back of EU directives and court judgements.

“I would therefore reiterate my call on him to withdraw the draft order and treat it in the normal manner, rather than blindly legislating in the interests of the entertainment corporations.” ENDS

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