Magazine article Screen International

Spain Passes Anti-Piracy Law to Come into Effect in March

Magazine article Screen International

Spain Passes Anti-Piracy Law to Come into Effect in March

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New official committee will have authority to prosecute copyright infringing websites.

After a long decade with disastrous consequences for the cultural industry, Spain has finally approved a law to fight rampant Internet piracy.

Spain's new Government, the People's Party, has waited just two weeks to approve, with very little modifications, the same law that the latest socialist leaders redacted but did not pass. The law is popularly named as 'Sinde' after the last minister of culture, filmmaker Angeles González Sinde.

The new law reinforces the concept of intellectual property and creates a new Official Committee that will have the authority to prosecute internet sites that offer cultural content without the rights to do so. The law does not punish those individuals who download illegally. …

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