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“Irish SOPA” minister gets pummeled on Twitter

Seán Sherlock finds no allies online.


Kevin Collier


Posted on Mar 15, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 7:58 pm CDT

While the Stop Online Piracy Act, a pro-copyright measure that would have given courts free range to shut down websites accused of infringing activities, was essentially defeated in the United States, a similar measure passed two weeks ago in Ireland.

Now the spokesperson for the “Irish SOPA” took to Twitter to defend both the content of the law and the way it was passed.

Seán Sherlock, Irish minister of state for research and innovation, signed the bill without it going through Irish Parliament, a legal maneuver which he tried to defend.

Since Tuesday, Sherlock has several times used Twitter to debate the law with citizens. It doesn’t seem like he’s gaining any new fans.

Photo via @SeanSherlockTD

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*First Published: Mar 15, 2012, 8:07 pm CDT