Copyright Statutory Instrument *Update

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ISPAI is disappointed that the Government chose to ignore the ISP industry, many legal practioners and the large number of Internet users who asked that the Copyright SI should not be signed in its present form. However, he has done so and with Ireland being the European headquarters for many multinational Internet businesses, we are now just waiting for the first few test cases to be lodged.

We believe the SI was not necessary at this time, especially as Minister Bruton last year established the Copyright Review Committee to thoroughly examine the Copyright law in relation to innovation – a move that ISPAI welcomed as a very positive initiative.

After the SI has been signed into effect this reply was received from Minister Bruton’s office to address the concerns we raised in our letter of January 27th.

ISPAI attended the Committee’s consultation meeting held in TCD last July to provide our preliminary input. We will be making a submission to the consultation which has just been opened to provide our views on their initial report.