Paul McGuinness Thinks Recognizing Due Process Is Bad For Ireland's Reputation?
from the really-now? dept
Ah, Paul McGuiness. U2’s manager, who seems to be very, very confused in always blaming everyone else for not making him even wealthier, has apparently responded to the news we recently wrote about, concerning an Irish court recognizing that ISPs have no legal obligation to kick file sharers off the internet on a three strikes regime. Now, this should be common sense based on the fact that there is no “three strikes” law in Ireland. The record labels were trying to force ISPs to implement three strikes by just claiming it was legally required, but without any actual basis in the law. Even if you support three strikes laws, you have to admit that the law needs to actually have that provision before ISPs are required to obey the demands of the record labels to kick people offline. You would think it’s hard to argue against that.
But, this is Paul McGuinness we’re talking about.
Zeropaid points us to McGuiness’s response to the legal ruling, where he basically goes off the deep end, in suggesting that this rather straightforward reading of the law somehow harms Ireland’s reputation:
“This is extremely bad for the international reputation of Ireland as a jurisdiction with appropriate legal protection for all kinds of Intellectual Property and copyright generally.”
How so? Seriously. I’m wondering how anyone in their right mind could possibly believe that a court saying “gee the law doesn’t say that, so it’s not required” harms Ireland’s reputation. He then insists that Ireland needs to pass a three strikes law to “fix” this awful ruling:
“The government must now as a matter of urgency, do its job properly and implement the required EU legislation without further delay.”
Um, except this is flat-out wrong. There is no “required EU legislation” that mandates three strikes. In fact, after serious debates in which members of the EU Parliament initially rejected three strikes rules, they eventually reached a compromise that allows three strikes under some very specific conditions, which are clearly not met by the attempts to automatically enforce three strikes in Ireland. I mean, at this point, McGuiness is flat-out making stuff up. It makes you wonder why anyone takes him seriously.