Good Morning, Sean


Image by John Ward via Sean Sherlock’s Facebook wall.

Of course, the end result is that the government appears to be trying to move in two different directions at once. On the one hand, it’s catering to the legacy entertainment industry interests and hindering the internet as the platform that enables new business models… while at the same time paying lip service to how it has to increase such innovation. Here’s a tip: the first thing towards increasing innovation in business models online is not putting misplaced liability on service providers, not setting up a censorship regime, and not removing the incentives for the entertainment industry to actually embrace innovative business models.

Ireland Signs Controversial ‘Irish SOPA’ Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime (Techdirt)

Most importantly, it is a disgraceful decision, not because an unprecedented 80,419 people mobilised in the space of a few days and told Ministers Bruton and Sherlock that they were wrong to take this action.

It is a shameful decision because the Government knows that those 80,419 people were right, and have done the wrong thing anyway.

Response To Signing Of Sopa (StopSopaIreland)

For better or for worse, this is now known at home and abroad as “Ireland’s SOPA”. SOPA was despised among big tech multinationals in the US, who are Ireland’s main hope for inward investment at the moment. Last night [Tuesday], the chief executive of Google, which employs over 2,000 people in Dublin, described moves such as the US version of Sopa as “worrying”. “We need to act now to avoid the rise of this digital caste system,” said Eric Schmidt at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


Six Reasons Why Irish SOPA May Not Work (Adrian Weckler,

SOPA Ireland: Irish State Is Dancing To Record Labels’ Tune (Tuppenceworth)

7 thoughts on “Good Morning, Sean

  1. Evenprime

    F**k the government but f**k the music industry even more…anyone who thinks music is about making money is a twat, that includes musicians, love music, love money but the two together is a monster….. Buy cd’s at live gigs

  2. Owen O'F

    Usually, an email to a minister on a topical issue that doesn’t contain outright abuse will elicit an acknowledgement of some sort. Sherlock’s office couldn’t even be arsed doing that a month ago. I wonder what it feels like knowing that you will be principally remembered as a clumsy, easily-cowed luddite.

  3. The End

    Would his old man, Joe Sherlock, be happy with this?
    That’s what you get when you elect people for the wrong reasons (cos his old man was sound). Labour? The next PDs/Greens – see you at the next election.

  4. Marie

    Can someone please explain to me how 1 minister ALONE can sign something so far-reaching into law with opposition from the people?

    I mean if I got elected tomorrow could I just grab a till receipt and write on the back of it ‘gay people can get married’ or ‘ no one called Angela (pronounced angle-a) can ever be served a pint in Limerick’ and shove it into the constitution book and it becomes law??


  5. woesinger

    Oh well done, Sean!

    Give a crowd of opportunistic parasites a choke hold on the main industry that’s helping keeping the country afloat.

    Stupid boy.

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