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.

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Jane (user link) says:

*sigh*

It would be nice to think that Australia was a sovereign nation with her own laws and policies, but I can see us caving in one way or another to corporate greed and stupidity when implementing the proposed National Broadband Network. At this stage, any government development of communications hardware is probably going to be subject to undue influence by US commercial interests at the expense of users and freedom of speech/press/communication.

yabbadabbadooodo (profile) says:

There’s nothing admirable about Spain’s approach to copyright, at least with regard to the web. Film piracy is rampant and no one thinks twice. No wonder there are no legit distribution companies working out of Spain. Why bother?

for the record, here’s some background on the state of affairs in Spain: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/business/global/17piracy.html

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

So…

You link to an article where all the anti-piracy commentary is “the industry says it’s losing BILLLIOOOONS of dollars” and “artists are whining that they can’t tax more stuff”, and you wonder why no one thinks twice?

Next time you want to make a point, find an argument that doesn’t consist of “the industry makes up numbers” and “artists complain”.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

“Digital piracy resulted directly in ?1.7 billion, or $2.2 billion, of lost revenue in 2008 for Spain?s creative industries”

These numbers are about as valid as the claim that 95+ year copy protection lengths somehow promote the progress. Nothing these people say can be trusted.

I just wish that the RIAA et al would bankrupt, they cause much more harm than good (both to artists and to the general public) and deserve to go bankrupt for all the bad laws they are responsible for passing.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

For the record, nobody is owed a monopoly and there is nothing wrong with copying. The fact that Spain understands that our individual freedoms are more important than corporate profits, at least in this regard, is admirable. There is nothing admirable about U.S. copy protection laws, which takes away our inherit right to copy whatever we want, for 95 years, just to serve corporate interests.

Anonymous Coward says:

Well that makes 1 (one) country not bought and paid for entirely by American Corporations. One country only from the EU so far that respects human rights over corporate rights. France folded, the UK folded, Germany is a lost cause and the rest of the EU is so damned confused they don’t understand the difference between their ass and a hole in the ground. I wouldn’t go there if you paid me! If I want my rights trampled on I can stay home in the United States.

joseph says:

perhaps someone can tell me, if i go to a shop and pay my hard earned cash for a movie, music, game or software disk, have i actually bought that disk and it’s contents or have i just rented it? if i have rented it, where does it say that on the packaging? if i have bought it, then i should be able to do what i like with it, including lending it to someone else, watching/listening (to) it with someone else, giving it to someone else and copying it as well. after all, the same companies that produce the disks also produce the software to view, listen to and copy those disks, as well as produce the blank media that allows the original disks to be copied to. the public are not only expected but actively encouraged to buy the software, media and players/burners that enable this to happen. so are those companies themselves not ‘actively encouraging copyright infringement’ of their own material? what happens in Spain should be allowed in every country!

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