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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 2 Dec 2009 @ 1:12pm

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    Posts like this make me wonder: Mike, do you approve of piracy?

    Approve? No. Nor do I participate. But that has nothing to do with the law being proposed, which would add third party liability not to those who pirate, but those who provide basic technological services.

    Without piracy, do you honestly think that most people would run P2P stuff on their computers all the time?

    Why should that matter? This is an honest question. It is happening no matter what you hope will happen. So why bother with conjecture that is an impossibility?

    Do you think they would pay an expensive internet connection to share only legal stuff?

    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.

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