“Minister Sherlock’s Consultation is not Innovative – It’s Insulting” – O’Dea
Minister for Innovation Sean Sherlock’s move to consult with interested parties after signing into law his controversial Copyright Order has all the hallmarks of a PR exercise designed to confuse the issue and deflect criticism. That’s according to Fianna Fáil Enterprise Spokesperson Willie O’Dea TD who also criticised Minister Sherlock’s appalling handling of the “Irish SOPA” issue.
Deputy O’Dea commented, “If he was interested in the concerns of interested parties, the Minister would have started his consultation before signing the order, not after. Real and meaningful consultation would have allowed him to propose a comprehensive framework which would balance the rights of copyholders, the privacy of end users, and the need to maintain and protect a dynamic internet.
“Instead, he rammed his controversial order through the Dáil with a minimum of debate, and then announced the consultation. By operating in this manner, many feel that the consultation is a cynical exercise in public relations management in order to deflect criticism.
“He calls it an ‘innovative option’. It is not innovative to consult with people after a decision is made – it is insulting.”
Deputy O’Dea also called on the Minister to clarify whether he will publish the results of the online survey. “If this exercise is to have any value beyond the press release announcing it, the Minister must commit to publishing the results of the survey as soon as they are known.”