Anti-Piracy Law Resurrected In SpainAdded: Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Late last year a Spanish controversial bill targeting online file-sharing services faced a massive opposition from the public. Last month the protests turned out to have been successful, and the House of Representatives rejected the suggested bill. Despite this fact, recently the Spanish Government took the decision to resurrect the legislation with minor changes. Unsurprisingly, this move has outraged the public.
Actually, Spain has always been one of the few countries whose courts have ruled that file-sharing services are legal. Of course, this could only disappoint the US forcing the country to come up with new legislation to protect copyright. The result of the US pressure was a new bill proposed in Spain in 2010, under which online services providing links to copyrighted content could be shut down without a judicial order. The proposed law could result in closing down all the major P2P services, so the public considers it as Internet censorship.
The legislation in question was originally drafted by Spanish Minister of Culture Ángeles González-Sinde and therefore known as “The Sinde Act”. The project of the law has been widely protested by the public, which led to their major victory last month – after long debate the House of Representatives took the decision to reject the controversial act. However, recently this appeared to be idle hope: just a few hours before the deadline to submit new bills passed, Spanish coalition reintroduced the controversial bill with minor changes. The move originated from multiple meetings behind closed doors.
Although a few points were indeed changed in the proposal, the main goal remained the same – help the government to close down file-sharing websites and other services involved in copyright infringement. The new suggestion is expected to be voted on by the Senate in the coming month.
The only significant change in the new Sinde Act is that there will be more “judicial control”, as it will be up to a judge to sign off on a request to disclose the personal details of a site operator. Still, a judge is not involved into determining whether a service infringes copyrights or not.
The bill will be forwarded to the Senate in a few weeks. There it is assumed to be passed through rapidly thanks to the parties who recently resurrected it. Meanwhile, the public is not going to give up yet, planning more protests.
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Friday, January 28th, 2011
|Why stop there, overthrow the Goverment and show them who's really incharge. if there willing to do such things with such opposition against it. Whats next, Enforced martial law, Sweat camps. Wear does it stop?||
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