Spanish Sports Streaming Site Declared Legal

from the expect-more-anti-Spanish-sentiment dept

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…

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Anonymous Coward says:

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the minority is often like a whiny child, screaming at the top of their lungs until the majority gives in a little to make them shut up. it doesnt make them right, it just makes them annoying. spain can join sweden, china, and russia as havens for widespread copyright violations. i wonder which government officials run tube sites and tv websites?

KevinJ (profile) says:

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“the minority is often like a whiny child, screaming at the top of their lungs until the majority gives in a little to make them shut up. it doesnt make them right, it just makes them annoying.”

You do know that your statement perfectly describes the RIAA and the MPAA, right? They whine and complain that things aren’t fair. And that if they don’t get their way they’ll take their toys and go home.

KevinJ (profile) says:

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You don’t do very well on reading comprehension do you?

If you look at my post again you’ll notice I said “their toys.” And since English doesn’t seem to be your strong point, “their” is the possessive form of “they” ( that in this case means the toys belong to the subject of the statement (the RIAA and MPAA). And whether or not they own the toys doesn’t change the fact they continue to act like a petulant child by constantly demanding that the government bend to their will.

RD says:

Funny also ....

What is also funny is how, now that ACTA has been released publicly, and after several articles on the topic here, virtually NONE of the Big Media Corp lapdogs are commenting here on how great ACTA is and how we are just being alarmist for no good reason. Suddenly, after the public release, there has been almost no comments from these people. Funny how that is.

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