Yet Another Spanish Court Finds File Sharing Site Legal; Compares File Sharing To Book Lending
from the spain-gets-it dept
Once again, adding to the increasingly long list of similar rulings in Spain, a Spanish court has ruled that a popular file sharing site, CVCDGO, did not actually transfer or host any copyrighted works, and therefore did not violate copyright law. This is the same thing that numerous Spanish courts have found. The entertainment industry will surely use it as part of its media campaign demanding that Spain change its copyright laws (something which economists have noted would do more harm than good). However, wouldn’t it be nice if, rather than the knee jerk reaction to these rulings, the industry actually understood what the courts were saying? They’re pointing out a simple fact: the service provider isn’t actually infringing on anyone’s copyright, no matter how many times the entertainment industry wishes it were so.
Separately, the judge in this case noted that the industry seems to be totally overreacting to the issue of file sharing, noting that people have been sharing and trading content for ages:
In their ruling, judges Ocariz, Gutierrez and Campillo said that “…since ancient times there has been the loan or sale of books, movies, music and more. The difference now is mainly on the medium used — previously it was paper or analog media and now everything is in a digital format which allows a much faster exchange of a higher quality and also with global reach through the Internet.”