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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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Dec 2009 @ 2:04pm

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    I appreciate your comments, but I have to say your words here and your posts generally don't line up.

    First off, third party liability only exists if there is in fact piracy. Without piracy, there would be no liability, right? So what you are saying is that there shouldn't be third party liability because it is likely that there is piracy.

    An anti-piracy stand would be more like "Let's get rid of those pirates so that third parties can't be found liable of anything".

    There are tons of reason to pay for an internet connection that have nothing to do with piracy.

    Way to read HALF a thought!

    Without piracy, do you honestly think that most people would run P2P stuff on their computers all the time? Do you think they would pay an expensive internet connection to share only legal stuff?

    There are plenty of reasons to have a good internet connection (mine runs nearly 20MB/sec), but the question is would people who currently are the backbone of P2P networks continue to be that way if they could only share legal stuff? Do you honestly think that TPB would be such a popular site with only legal torrents? Do you think that kids would pester their parents into getting an even faster internet connection if the only think there were doing was watching videos (that stream at I believe that internet penetration would be almost identical in the absence of piracy.

    Again, a deflection. Internet penetration could include everyone on a dialup. Speed isn't a measurement. The question would be the penetration of ultra high speed internet, and perhaps even use of a significant amount of bandwidth with it.

    Third party liablity might go a long way to stop service providers from thumbing their noses at copyright holders.

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