Spanish Legislature Rejects Hollywood-Backed Copyright Law Changes
from the nice-try dept
We’ve discussed in the past how Spain actually has somewhat more reasonable copyright laws than other parts of the world. It says that personal, non-commercial copying is not against the law and also says that third parties should not be liable for copyright infringement done by their users. This seems perfectly reasonable but, of course, Hollywood hates it. For a while, they’ve pushed a media campaign claiming that Spain’s copyright laws were destroying the entertainment industry. From a personal level, this is kind of amusing, because I think I bought (yes, bought) more music from new Spanish bands in the last year than from any other country outside of the US. And, of course, soon after the media campaign, suddenly Spain introduced a copyright reform package that seemed like a checklist of the entertainment industry’s wishes. It surprised absolutely no one when one of the recent Wikileaks diplomatic cable leaks showed that US diplomats played a large role in pressuring the Spanish government to make these changes, at the behest of movie industry lobbyists.
But… it appears that with all this attention, some backlash has come about as well, and the Spanish legislative body surprised a lot of people and rejected the proposed changes(Google translation from the original Spanish). It was a narrow vote, but it sounds like this issue is dead until at least next year. Of course, in the interim, expect more ridiculous and unsubstantiated bellyaching about how entertainment in Spain is dying.