Spanish Gov't Moves Forward On New Law To Make File Sharing And Links Sites Illegal
from the that-didn't-last-long dept
A bunch of free culture sites got pretty excited recently when a Spanish court ruled that file sharing sites, as well as links sites, weren’t illegal. Of course, we noted this was hardly a new thing. Spanish courts had already made similar rulings in the past. In fact, the timing of this ruling seemed particularly bad, since we’d noted a few months ago that there were proposals being pushed to change copyright law in Spain. So it should come as little surprise that just days after that last ruling, the gov’t has started moving forward with getting the new law approved, and many expect it will be in place within a few months.
The new law sounds particularly bad as well. It would set up a governmental bureaucracy that could simply denounce any site as illegal, if it feels that it offers links to infringing content. Once “denounced,” the Spanish high court would get a grand total of four days to determine if the site should be shut down — and the only reason why it would be allowed to not shut the site down would be if there were clear concerns about freedom of expression. Basically, if the gov’t feels a site has too many “unauthorized” links, it gets shut down with minimal review. So much for a more balanced approach to copyright law.