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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 1, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    Campaign seeks to Blackout Ireland

    Ciara O'Brien

    Irma’s approach to stamping out copyright infringement is winning fans all, it seems. Following the news that Irma was seeking to block Irish Internet users’ access to some websites, a new campaign has started to show Irma and the ISPs just how unhappy Irish net users are with the situation.

    Inspired by the New Zealand blackout campaign, Blackout Ireland will take place for a week on March 5th. The organisers are asking supporters to set their profile picture on social networking websites like Facebook, Bebo, Twitter and MSN to black to show support for the campaign.

    I doubt there are very many people out there that would disagree that artists have a right to make money from their work. But Irma’s approach is simply getting people’s backs up. Trying to block access to sites they think may be infringing copyright? Those who are determined to pirate music will find numerous ways around Irma’s measures and Eircom’s three strikes rule.

    Way to treat a population like children. That’ll go down well.

    UPDATE: The piece I wrote for The Irish Times.