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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Threatened Spain to Introduce New Anti-Piracy Law

US Threatened Spain to Introduce New Anti-Piracy Law

US Threatened Spain to Introduce New Anti-Piracy Law

Added: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Wikileaks continues publishing the documents attributed to digital world issues, and one of them confirms that the US influenced Spain, threatening it to introduce a “three-strikes” legislation or be put on the 301 watch list.


While the RIAA and the MPAA are announcing everywhere that a new copyright legislation should become an international standard and fight copyright violation on the Internet, it is becoming more and more apparent that they simply push this “standard” on to other countries.

Wikileaks published another diplomatic cable, proving that the RIAA, the MPAA and the BSA had pressured Spain to introduce “three-strikes”. In short words, the Spanish government was required to do several things last year: first of all, to announce that online piracy was illegal and that the levy didn’t cover file-sharing. Then it was demanded to amend any legislation that suggested that file-sharing was legal. Finally, the copyright outfits demanded the country to implement a “three-strikes” regime. In case those requirements weren’t met, the RIAA, the MPAA and the BSA threatened the Spanish government that they would get Washington to put the country on the Special 301 priority watch list.

It’s curious that the cable in question was sent at the end of last year, but 7 months earlier, some serious issues about the validity of the USTR Special 301 report were already being raised. In result, by May 2010, most of the countries have dismissed the credibility of the report and by the end of July 2010 they were confirmed by the statements like one of the Canadian government. The latter said that their country doesn’t recognize the validity of the process, because it relies on mere industry allegations instead of empirical evidence and analysis.

Despite the fact that all this pressure resulted in just idle threats in the end, it still may become a dramatic example of distasteful US industry going around to other countries and threatening them with sending Washington after them if they don’t implement a specific legislation. Too bad the US entertainment industry fails to understand that kindergarten is over and they are on the international stage now, not in the school yard. Digital world will always hope that Spain will legislate with empirical evidence, rather than industry allegations.

December 22nd, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-12-23 02:12:43)
julio99 avatarBullies. Makes me sick!

posted by Blocked (2010-12-26 00:21:18)
No avatarThe USA is presently seriously threatening the speed of the Internet by voting for court action to be able to censor web sites throughout the USA. The result of this will be for ALL NON-USA servers to mark ALL USA traffic as UNSAFE (as is done with China) and divert it away from the USA to avoid ANY USA censorship of web traffic. It will take several years and a LOT of investment to upgrade servers outside of the USA causing a HUGE SLOWDOWN of ALL WEB TRAFFIC INCLUDING USA WEB TRAFFIC as at present most web traffic goes via USA servers. The USA will have SHOT ITSELF in the foot if not in the NECK as all USA browsing and downloads will also be very seriously slowed down as DNS servers outside of the USA REJECT ALL USA web traffic.

Well done UNCLE SAM - I am of course being extremely cynical about the USA and OBAMA. Well done Mr Obama, by allowing this to go through so much for your PROMISE of a FREE Internet. A Man is only as good as his word.

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