The time to voice your concerns is now.
The government is set to consider an additive to the legislation that would see ISPs blackout, what companies like EMI and more, would consider illegal. The sites in question would be websites that fall under the “illegal” terminology – as ambiguous as that sounds. Of course, for any form of illegality to appear, you simply need to infringe on copyright – something that, even TGL could be accused of due to the high volume of screens, leaked gaming images and video present on the site.
The Times recently covered the topic, but it seemed to slip under the radar due to the SOPA battle in the US:
“Minister of State for Enterprise Seán Sherlock is to publish an order early in the new year that is expected to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent internet service providers from allowing their customers access to pirate websites”.
Posting more details via his official website, Sean Sherlock, the proposer of such change states “he hopes” that the the legislation “will be introduced by the middle of January 2012″. Sherlock also goes on to state that the proposition is in response to “EMI and Others Vs UPC”:
“Minister Sherlock stated the Government is proposing to introduce a Statutory Instrument, to redress the situation highlighted by Justice Charleton, by providing for injunctions for copyright owners against intermediaries whose services are used to infringe their copyright”.
So what can be done about the matter? We have reached out for a statement from the Deputy, but are still waiting for confirmation on the progress of said proposal. As Minister of State for Enterprise, Seán Sherlock needs to hear your concerns for anything to change. You can email Seán here, you can tweet him (via @seansherlocktd), you can even contact Labour directly via this link, and via facebook.
Still confused about SOPA and how things could pan out? Watch this vid: