Spain (re)introduces tougher new copyright law

March 2011


The Spanish Parliament has passed the reintroduced legislative proposals that make it easier for content owners to target copyright infringing websites, after the proposed new copyright laws were originally knocked back by the country’s parliament just before Christmas. The so called Sinde Law is Spain’s attempt to introduce new regulations that reduce levels of illegal file-sharing and would offer a fast-track system through which content owners can force commercial websites that exist primarily to assist others in their illegal file-sharing offline.  Amid a high profile campaign by some internet service providers, websites and consumer groups, including the accusation that the legislation was ‘US influenced’, the House of Representatives originally voted against the proposals. The legislation has been reintroduced with new safeguards which include a judicial stage in the shut down process. The French government also had to add in a judicial stage into their Hadopi three-strike law.  A January 23rd poll in France indicated that 49% of French Internet users continue to illegally download music and video,8599,2045149,00.html
CMU 28th February 2011

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