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I’ve seen more than my fair share of abuse online, but Lorraine Higgins’ bill isn’t the answer
Tom Murphy:
This bill prioritises other peoples’ “alarm or distress” over your communications not just TO them but also ABOUT them. Don’t like what Joan Burton is doing with the water charges? Want to write something on independent media about what you think of that? Better not alarm or distress or harm her!
This is the core of my issue with the bill. It’s not just that almost all the agreeable parts of it are already covered by other laws. It’s not just that it’s utterly unenforceable with our current justice system. It’s not just that it’s so vague and fluffy. It’s that it’s so ill-defined and over-reaching that its interpretation will inevitably have to be left to judges.
Leaving anything to judges is a bad idea in general. This overly broad and poorly worded bill is a god-send to people who like to bully others into silence. Ironic that eh?!
lorraine-higgins  law  seanad  abuse  harrassment  trolls 
july 2015 by jm
Senator Mark McSharry call Boards.ie and Politics.ie "subversive"
'we have Boards.ie and Politics.ie, for me frankly that doesn't amount to free speech what it amounts to is legalised subversion of the state. I think it's fundamentally wrong.' Incredible quote
boards  politics.ie  ireland  internet  seanad  regulation  subversion  mark-mcsharry  free-speech 
march 2012 by jm
Protection of Intellectual Property...: 11 Nov 2010: Seanad debates (KildareStreet.com)
this is not looking good -- the Seanad debate on the subject of filesharing and internet filtering in Ireland is going in the direction that IRMA have been lobbying for; only the Labour senator came up with something sensible, by at least reading an email he'd received into the record
irma  copyright  filesharing  ireland  seanad  debates  government  piracy  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Senator Paschal Mooney parrots the EMI "Aslan filesharing" story
'There is a perception that the big five record companies, all international companies, have been ripping off the consumer for many years. I do not want to be seen as an apologist for the music industry [jm: oh really], but at the lower level I can give a specific example to highlight the impact of illegal downloading on Aslan, an Irish band. [... blah blah...] Why must we wait for a High Court judgment to be made before we introduce relevant legislation? This is not the first time it has happened in the copyright sector.' -- wait, the what? It's a SECTOR now?!! wtf (via Charles Julienne)
copyright-sector  copyfight  omgwtf  paschal-mooney  seanad  ireland  aslan  emi  irma  filesharing  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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