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Newzbin2, the site chosen by Hollywood to be their UK web-blocking guinea-pig, has revealed some of their forward plans. Within weeks the Usenet indexing site will not only dump its .COM domain, but also look towards the creation of both VPN and cyberlocker services. Last October, the High Court in London handed down a judgment to BT, one of the UK’s largest Internet service providers. The injunction – the first of its type in UK history – ordered BT to block subscriber access to Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 on copyright grounds. Although Newzbin2 anticipated the result and had already prepared circumvention software to enable BT users to carry on using the site, it still has a key vulnerability – its US-seizable .COM domain. According to the site’s operators, that weakness is now being addressed.
SOPA is the name of a piece of US legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, recently proposed in the US. It caused an Internet-wide outcry due to its far-reaching implications; way beyond simply closing access to outlaw file sharing websites, it would have enabled law enforcement to block access to entire internet domains due to infringing material posted on a single blog or webpage. A similar proposal is about to become law in Ireland. And while 7 million Americans contacted their representatives to say No to SOPA in the US, Irish citizens will not get that chance because the new law in Ireland is not being voted on in the Oireachtas. Instead, the law is being enacted by ministerial order.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 | By Simon McGarr Bismark reputedly said that nobody should get too close to the making of laws or sausages. On Thursday, on behalf of the StopSOPAIreland.com campaign, I took a trip to Leinster House, to catch a glimpse of the sausage machine at work. Together with Ian Bergin, who runs the Facebook campaign , and TJ McIntyre of DRI , I met with Catherine Murphy TD to discuss her scheduled exchange of questions with Minister Sherlock. We experienced the minute-by-minute changes of timetables and proposals in relation to the disputed Ministerial Order.
The last week or so has been “interesting” to say the least. (Last time round it was only a couple of days. …. now it’s stretched to a week) It’s also been incredibly busy, which is why I’m only getting round to posting this now and even now I doubt that anything I post will be that coherent, but I’ll give it a go..
Press Release | 31st January 2012 The Deputies called upon the Minister to enact the balanced measures at first opportunity and to follow with primary legislation. Independent Deputies Catherine Murphy (Kildare North) and Stephen Donnelly (Wicklow-East Carlow) today presented Minister Seán Sherlock with a draft of an alternative Statutory Instrument which they believe clearly restates the position of European Copyright law in Ireland while also explicitly protecting some key basic online freedoms as laid out in the Scarlet v SABAM ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last November. The deputies, speaking ahead of a scheduled debate this evening on the subject, expressed their confidence that the wording would enable the Minister to meet his stated objective of fully transposing Directive 2001/29/EC into Irish law.
Last-minute hopes for a controversial statutory instrument dubbed Ireland’s SOPA going back out to the public for consultation have been dashed. The instrument is due to be signed shortly. Rumours had emerged that the considerable furor surrounding the change to the Copyright Act 2000 that led to more than 80,000 people signing a Stop SOPA Ireland petition and 1,300 people pledging to visit their TDs on the matter had brought about a last-minute change of heart.
Having originally resisted the notion that it should stop its subscribers sharing copyright works, in a little under 4 years Ireland’s ISP Eircom has come completely about-face. Not only did it come to a private agreement with the music industry to implement a 3 strikes-style regime, but now its asking other ISPs to join them in doing so. It’s lonely being this kind of ‘pioneer’, especially when it puts your company at a commercial disadvantage.
Minister Seán Sherlock Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland MINISTER SEÁN SHERLOCK has insisted that the wording of the controversial statutory instrument reinforcing online copyright laws will not be changed.
Last week I was invited to attend a panel discussion on the new SOPAIreland Copyright Law, tomorrow in the Science Gallery [Dublin]. It was a small panel – Minister Sean Sherlock (above), Paul Durrant representing Ireland’s ISPs, Tom Murphy from Boards.ie representing intermediaries and me. Last Thursday I got a lunchtime phone call from the event organiser. He told me he’d just got off the phone from speaking to the Minister’s office. The Minister had wanted him to know that unless I was uninvited, he would cancel.
SOPA has become the pariah term for the Internet in recent weeks. In the US, mass lobbying from internet users made it more undesirable than a fart in a spacesuit, & that is saying something. However, the day after the January 18th protests, MegaUpload was taken down by the FBI, citing fraud, money laundering, racketeering, & its founders arrested in New Zealand , pending extradition to the US to face those charges.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Finance websites were both taken offline for a time in the early hours of this morning following an apparent cyber attack. Both websites were down for around an hour after being targeted with a denial of service attack. Such attacks often see a website's servers overloaded with huge numbers of simple requests, which brings the website down. In a statement, the Department of Justice website said it experienced a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
9 February 2012 Last updated at 20:03 ET By Alan Moore Author On Saturday protests are planned across the world against Acta - the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The treaty has become the focus of activists associated with the Anonymous hacking network because of concerns that it could undermine internet privacy and aid censorship. First published in 1982, the comic series V for Vendetta charted a masked vigilante's attempt to bring down a fascist British government and its complicit media. Many of the demonstrators are expected to wear masks based on the book's central character. Ahead of the protests, the BBC asked V for Vendetta's writer, Alan Moore, for his thoughts on how his creation had become an inspiration and identity to Anonymous.
By John Walker on January 25th, 2012 at 2:03 pm. Post SOPA might be slightly wishful thinking, because the industries that paid for the bill are not going to back down any time soon. Perhaps they’ve realised they’re at least going to need to be slightly more subtle about wanting control of the internet. (Although as long as Chris Dodd is speaking for the MPAA , subtlety doesn’t look like it’s going to be an option .)
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