We've already covered how Spain has extremely reasonable copyright laws -- which recognize that you should not blame someone just for pointing
to copyrighted material, and which allows for non-commercial copying. Of course, this has greatly upset the entertainment industry, with both the recording industry
and the movie industry
making random threats against Spain, leading to efforts to change copyright laws
in Spain to make those industries happy -- even as an economic analysis of the changes suggest they would be a mistake
Giving more ammunition to the industry folks, though, Chris
alerts us to the news that an appeals court in Spain has upheld a lower court decision
protecting a website that indexes downloads and streams of sporting events. Once again, the court points out that the site itself doesn't host any of the material itself, and thus is not infringing on copyrights. I'm not familiar with how the Spanish judicial system works, but apparently this ruling cannot be appealed.
But, of course, with the efforts to change copyright law well under way, I imagine this ruling will just be used as another reason to change the law, rather than another example of a reasonable ruling that focuses on not blaming those who just point elsewhere. Still, this ruling reminds me of the Israeli court ruling from last year that found that watching sports streams online
was fair use and not copyright infringement. But, of course, if ACTA gets approved, thanks to US lobbyists, such interpretations of copyright law will quickly get stamped out...