Looks Like Entertainment Industry Lobbyists Got To The Spanish Government

from the and-here-we-go-again dept

We had just been noting how Spanish courts seemed to be actually interpreting copyright law in a reasonable way, and slapping down industry attempts to abuse the laws. Of course, that couldn't last. It appears that Spain is now proposing new copyright laws that would bring its existing laws down the well-lobbied path of draconian punishment, increased third party liability and other mindless ideas that have more to do with propping up an old business model than encouraging the creation of new quality content. A bunch of professional content creators in Spain are organizing to protest these new rules, but do they stand a chance against the usual onslaught of industry lobbyists?

Filed Under: copyright, laws, lobbyists, spain

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 2 Dec 2009 @ 1:32pm

    Re: Re:

    "There are tons of reason to pay for an internet connection that have nothing to do with piracy. I believe that internet penetration would be almost identical in the absence of piracy."

    This is the thing that I don't think these entertainment people can get a grasp on. People like some of their stuff, and for those that aren't true fans, when it's free they'll go ahead and grab onto it, sometimes becoming true fans and sometimes not.

    But if you take that stuff away from them, no problem. They'll go get other free stuff. Amatuer artists, lesser known indy bands, free news, etc. etc. etc.

    We can all argue the morality and/or economic impact of piracy until we're blue in the face, and I think there are at least a couple of different legitimate viewpoints, but this notion that the entertainment industry has that the thirst for connectivity and content that makes up the demand for the internet revolves around them is arrogant on a level that is hard to comprehend...

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