At today’s Irish Digital Forum at The Science Gallery were from top: Sean Sherlock (junior minister for jobs and innovation), Simon McGarr (solicitor, Stop Sopa Ireland Campaign), Tom Murphy (Boards.ie) and Paul Durrant (Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland).
Sean Sherlock: “If you look at question 86 of the Copyright Review Committee, it says ‘have we missed anything?’, is the question. ‘What have we missed?’ That opens up a space for anybody to make a submission on anything relating to issues not covered by the questions. It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a technical knowledge around the questions because not everybody does, including myself if I’m honest about it. People may laugh but I, you know, not everyone is going to have a complete deep knowledge about the 86 questions that apply here.”
Simon McGarr: “But that’s exactly what you’ve suggested people do if they want to express their opinion. That they plough through those 86 questions. You haven’t done them yourself?
Sherlock: “No, I, I, I have.
McGarr: “Have you answered them?
Sherlock: “No, no, I have looked at the questions..
McGarr: “Can we see? Can we correct them?
Sherlock: “You see, I think, I don’t mind people being facetious, you know, you can be facetious if you want to be Simon, OK?”
McGarr: “I’m always facetious.”
Sherlock: “Well it doesn’t become you, right? And let’s…”
McGarr: “No that is a real question because minister that’s the question that you responded to people with when you, when after you signed this SI [Statutory Instrument]. You said that people should go now and participate…”
Sherlock: “I think you should tone it down. I think you should tone it down.”
McGarr: “People should participate…”
Sherlock: “I think you should tone it down.”
McGarr [to Tom Murphy]: “Do you? Do you think I should tone it down?”
Murphy: “Yes I think you should tone it down.”
McGarr: “OK, right, I’m too loud. Apologies.”