Judge Rules P2P Legal In Spain Yet Again
from the proper-liability-placement dept
Spain continues to be one of the few countries out there that seems to not have its judges lose their critical thinking abilities the second anyone mentions the word “piracy.” We’ve pointed out a few times in the past that Spanish courts have ruled that file sharing is legal and it looks like they’ve done so again. Infophage was the first of a few to send in an article about the latest ruling, which again found that just linking to infringing material is not copyright infringement. The judge apparently went further, though, also noting that using P2P file sharing systems does not appear to violate copyright law in Spain, as long as the user isn’t doing so for monetary profit.
Of course, this isn’t over by a long shot. Late last year, entertainment industry lobbyists got Spanish politicians to propose new copyright laws that would (of course) ratchet up copyright to make it more like it is in other countries (i.e., more draconian). And, as we recently noted, a bunch of Spanish record labels have sued the gov’t for not doing enough to stop file sharing. But, hopefully, this country that has explicitly rejected three strikes laws will stick to its guns and recognize that perhaps the court rulings make sense — and that the first response to an industry unwilling to adapt to a technologically-changed market isn’t to change the laws, but to ask those companies to start adapting.