Copyright

by Mike Masnick


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copyright, spain



Spanish Gov't Officials Active Uploaders And Downloaders Of Unauthorized Content

from the and-yet... dept

The entertainment industry has been pushing hard for new copyright laws in Spain, even pretending that they might pull out of Spain if the laws aren't changed. That's because, under existing laws, file sharing for personal use is considered legal. Of course, economists have pointed out that the new laws would do more harm than good.

TorrentFreak is now reporting that someone has been checking in on Spanish gov't IPs, and discovering that it appears that gov't officials are regular uploaders and downloaders of unauthorized content. Of course, as noted, that is legal in Spain right now -- but it does raise some questions about why the government would be so keen to change the law. And, before someone brings it up: no, an IP address is not evidence by itself, but as a bit of aggregate information it is a good way of getting a general sense. The problems with IP as "evidence" is when they're used to accuse a single person, not of understanding the wider usage patterns.

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Apr 2010 @ 2:20pm

    Ip is useless for anything but pointing to a random place

    For instance my IP recently put me in Kanas(I live in Washington, almost touching Canada). The only time an IP is valid is if it is static. Since most of the internet lives on dhcp all i have to do is restart my modem and I get a new IP. Course I could feel real robust and write a script to randomly disconnect/reconnect my service. Not to mention I can spoof it and leave some one else with the legal bill. Public Wifi is nothing to what some knowledge will do to a case pinned on a ip that you are relying on the isp to keep up to the second ip tables.

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