SPAIN'S NEW ANTI-PIRACY LAW

04 Jan, 2012

Strict anti-internet piracy legislation has been approved by the Spanish government.

The Sinde Law could see websites thought to be trading in pirate material closed down in less than two weeks, and it will create a new government body charged with the responsibility of forcing internet servers to block certain sites.

 

The legislation has been welcomed widely within the creative sector, but everyone is happy. Net activists have criticised the law, claiming that it ‘set a dangerous precedent’. Peter Bradwell from the UK’s Open Rights Group, told the BBC: “This is another example of bad copyright law eating away at the safeguards around freedom of expression.”

 

This is the latest move in a global effort to crackdown on piracy with the USA expected to implement similar legislative reforms in the near future.

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