Copyright Statutory Instrument *UPDATE

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ISPAI welcomes Minister Sherlock’s announcement that a draft text of the proposed Satutory Instrument will be published today. However, this deserves adequate time for study and proper debate in the Dáil. The ISPAI is very concerned that hastily drafted and overly-broad wording would lead to uncertainty for Internet business – and that’s the last thing we need if Ireland is to develop as a centre for digital business with its related creation of jobs.

Remembering that the whole issue was initiated as Justice Charleton’s opinion in the EMI vs UPC case highlighted a difficulty with the Irish transposition of the EU Directive and that this issue was a matter for clarification through the legislature. By implication, this means the S.I. should not be a broad approach which simply bounces the ball back to the courts to decide on each case.