Irish SOPA law has passed today

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Bleh. I think this'll collapse if they try and make any big moves. Shut down FB or youtube and everyone who was kept in the dark about this will suddenly get very very annoyed.

DragonLord Seth:
Didn't a former Irish president post on Twitter or something that SHE was appalled at what SOPA was trying to do? I remember reading it on Memebase... so the legitimacy of it is in question...

Mary McAleese and I don't think that was legitimate. There were a load of spelling mistakes, she's a very well educated woman, and Tweets are only 140 characters, it seems too long, not that I've counted.

http://memebase.com/2012/01/20/internet-memes-cant-stop-the-irish/

If this law works out okay, will the rest of the world hate us?

Well damn, now this has passed other countries will follow I think.

F'Angus:
Well damn, now this has passed other countries will follow I think.

Follow Ireland? Why would anyone do that, the country is a mess.

dogstile:

F'Angus:
Well damn, now this has passed other countries will follow I think.

Follow Ireland? Why would anyone do that, the country is a mess.

Shh... Some people still think we're cool.

Colour-Scientist:

dogstile:

F'Angus:
Well damn, now this has passed other countries will follow I think.

Follow Ireland? Why would anyone do that, the country is a mess.

Shh... Some people still think we're cool.

Oh I know. My dad was Irish and because of that I can speak in the really stereotypical film accent they always give Irish people. Every time I do it people want to talk to me. It's quite worrying.

HerrBobo:
If I was the kind of guy that downloads illegal torrents, what would this mean for me?

probably allot jail time even if you just uploaded a picture of let,s say Gordon Freeman with a mustache on your FB page.
I think it,s sad a country that,s a member of the European Union pulled a stunt like this.
I really hope the main land government doesn't pull shit like this.

Cloudwolf616:
The Irish version of SOPA has just passed today and will be in effect soon ignoring a signed petition of 80,000 voters which is quite a big number of people over here.

can you give me a link?

People! Hear me!

You may not wish to believe this, but it is in fact GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Please, allow me to explain.

Ireland is a rather small internet market compared to other industrialized nations. This will be a perfect experiment to show what the law will do. It will likely fail miserably, and eventually in such a small country the outcry will be too much and it will be repealed. The damage will be undone, and we'll have a shining example of why we SHOULD NEVER put forward such a law.

Had this happened in America, politicians would have tried to come up with other issues to distract us from trying to get it repealed and it may have come to be a fact of life.

So this does suck for Ireland, but for the whole world it could be a bit of a boon.

honestdiscussioner:
People! Hear me!

You may not wish to believe this, but it is in fact GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Please, allow me to explain.

Ireland is a rather small internet market compared to other industrialized nations. This will be a perfect experiment to show what the law will do. It will likely fail miserably, and eventually in such a small country the outcry will be too much and it will be repealed. The damage will be undone, and we'll have a shining example of why we SHOULD NEVER put forward such a law.

Had this happened in America, politicians would have tried to come up with other issues to distract us from trying to get it repealed and it may have come to be a fact of life.

So this does suck for Ireland, but for the whole world it could be a bit of a boon.

what I,m afraid of is that before it fails politicians say "hey look we can easily violate human rights like the Irish!"

Well, I've always said the Ireland is to England as Mexico is to America.

trollpwner:
Bleh. I think this'll collapse if they try and make any big moves. Shut down FB or youtube and everyone who was kept in the dark about this will suddenly get very very annoyed.

This is the point that youtube and FB go dark voluntarily due to the fact they would have to change their policies to accommodate Ireland. This would piss of a good chunk of the remaining 4 million or so Irish citizens not already signing petitions.

lRookiel:
The Irish should rise up and fight the tyranny that has plagued their fair country...

Just wait till scotland gets hit. Cyber-Wallace to the rescue!

Would someone explain to me why someone hasnt voted this areshole out of office from a rooftop?

FelixG:
Would someone explain to me why someone hasnt voted this areshole out of office from a rooftop?

mainly because Irish politics are a joke. All the parties have pretty much the same opinion on everything. Except for Sinn Fein who do their own stupid thing. One of their campaign slogans was something along the lines of "Lets not pay back Europe" And most people I know voted for a Sinn Fein TD because "He seemed the nicest". He was also the only one who actually lived in his constituency. Anyway the reason he wasn't voted out is because the others would have done the exact same thing

cant someone you know stop this maybe a riot or 2

This is a rather good video. I'd advise those who are actually Irish to spread it around.

henritje:

honestdiscussioner:
People! Hear me!

You may not wish to believe this, but it is in fact GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! Please, allow me to explain.

Ireland is a rather small internet market compared to other industrialized nations. This will be a perfect experiment to show what the law will do. It will likely fail miserably, and eventually in such a small country the outcry will be too much and it will be repealed. The damage will be undone, and we'll have a shining example of why we SHOULD NEVER put forward such a law.

Had this happened in America, politicians would have tried to come up with other issues to distract us from trying to get it repealed and it may have come to be a fact of life.

So this does suck for Ireland, but for the whole world it could be a bit of a boon.

what I,m afraid of is that before it fails politicians say "hey look we can easily violate human rights like the Irish!"

They already think they can. They already want to. The question is whether they can get away with it or not. If there is a huge backlash in Ireland from the repercussions of this bill, it will send a message that it can't be done. That they aren't that powerful yet.

So we just need to hope that Ireland doesn't screw it up for humanity.

No pressure or anything, Ireland. Please don't shame the 12.5% of my heritage that comes from you!

nuba km:

MiracleOfSound:

Volf:
So perhaps the Irish need to use the IRA again.

Why do people keep saying this, even in jest? I don't think people realize what the IRA actually is today...

is it the internet rebellion army/jk I know what the IRA is

OT: thank god northern Ireland isn't effected by the laws of the republic of Ireland

Amen to that Brother.

I anticipate riots.

Why? Because it's Ireland. History shows that we (because I am of Irish descent) tend to frown on stuff with torches and pitchforks.

FalloutJack:
I anticipate riots.

Why? Because it's Ireland. History shows that we (because I am of Irish descent) tend to frown on stuff with torches and pitchforks.

Why do foreign people constantly refer to themselves as Irish?

xXTheParadoxXx:

FalloutJack:
I anticipate riots.

Why? Because it's Ireland. History shows that we (because I am of Irish descent) tend to frown on stuff with torches and pitchforks.

Why do foreign people constantly refer to themselves as Irish?

Why do people who come to America call themselves American? 'Because you live there' is really less of a reason than genetic traits, family, or history. Even still, I don't call out people for THAT, so you can let this one slide.

I hope other countries will NOT follow that horrible example.

FalloutJack:

xXTheParadoxXx:

FalloutJack:
I anticipate riots.

Why? Because it's Ireland. History shows that we (because I am of Irish descent) tend to frown on stuff with torches and pitchforks.

Why do foreign people constantly refer to themselves as Irish?

Why do people who come to America call themselves American? 'Because you live there' is really less of a reason than genetic traits, family, or history. Even still, I don't call out people for THAT, so you can let this one slide.

In Ireland we get lectured on Ireland by American tourists who think they are more Irish than us

Just watch and wait for these people to break this law and viciously demand the law to be enforced as fully as possible.
Let's put some politicians in jail !

I'll let Clay Davis give my opinion on this:

Is there a protest being organised?
I mean if ever we needed one it would be now.

I know the theory - I wonder how much of the bill will be enforcable in practice. It might be more of a point being made, rather than a real enforcement attempt.

And it's horrible how N Ireland politics came up again! I spent 6 months writing about it for my end of degree dissertation, and you don't see me wading into it!

MiracleOfSound:
It's an absolute disgrace and the TD who signed it is a traitorous little snake.

His Twitter isn't having a pleasant evening...

https://twitter.com/#!/search/%40seansherlocktd

His name is Sherlock?... Really... I mean... Irony?

xXTheParadoxXx:

FalloutJack:

xXTheParadoxXx:
Why do foreign people constantly refer to themselves as Irish?

Why do people who come to America call themselves American? 'Because you live there' is really less of a reason than genetic traits, family, or history. Even still, I don't call out people for THAT, so you can let this one slide.

In Ireland we get lectured on Ireland by American tourists who think they are more Irish than us

Well, I'm sorry to hear that, but my grandfather IS from there and I am the most like him of this generation. There's nothing wrong with responding to my roots.

I am very very very sorry this happened to you Ireland. I wish there was something I couldv'e done, I was an avid protester against SOPA when it was trying to be passed into law in the U.S..I would say your people should have took more action, but the way that it was passed into your country was complete and utter bullshit....it seems like your government doesn't give a crap what its own people want and that is quite the shame. I am not saying its all sunshine and rainbows in AMerica and Europe....but maybe Ireland's people should consider to turn tail and run.

Oh dear.

I can't do much, being a far-away Canady with zero ties to the Irish, but I did hang my head in shame and silently wish bodily harm on mister Sherlock, who seems unworthy of his patronym. Anybody named Sherlock has to be a righteous badass by law, and he certainly fails in this regard.

Here's hoping Chris Dodd doesn't start salivating after hearing about this. The last thing I want is a repeat of January and February's online mayhem.

PureIrony:

MiracleOfSound:
It's an absolute disgrace and the TD who signed it is a traitorous little snake.

Please tell me this isn't going to affect your show.

Oh crap, never even crossed my mind. It won't hurt it right? I mean, I only bother turning on the computer on Wednesdays for you and Yahtzee since I can do everything else on my phone...

Freechoice:

Fix'd that for ya. And in retards to Americans, we actually bitched loud enough to get the bill down for the moment.

That makes it more depressing to know that there was probably nothing you could do to stop this man from signing the bill. I guess I got lucky my politicians like staying in office more than they like money.

I'm thinking either some sap tricked your leader into using you as Guinea Pigs or he's a stupid/greedy bastard. Either way, I hope you guys show exactly why this bill would completely suck if actually implemented around the world.

Start thread about SOPA, end up having an argument about whether or not the IRA were good.

Well done Escapist, keep it up.

xXTheParadoxXx:

In Ireland we get lectured on Ireland by American tourists who think they are more Irish than us

It always makes me laugh when you watch an American TV show or film. And someone with a pronounced American accent refers to themselves as Irish because someone in their family about 5 generations back was Irish.

Suppose that makes me an Irish Viking that may or may not have had relatives in the Royal family... Even though I was actually born in Manchester and have never been to either Ireland or anywhere in Scandinavia. I'd also sooner piss on the queen than talk to her.

Awesome.

FalloutJack:

Why do people who come to America call themselves American? 'Because you live there' is really less of a reason than genetic traits, family, or history. Even still, I don't call out people for THAT, so you can let this one slide.

Actually where you live is far more of a deciding factor in something like Nationality than your genetic gunk.

You don't live in nor were you born in Ireland, you're not Irish. That's just something you're going to have to live with.

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