Spanish Sports Streaming Site Declared Legal
from the expect-more-anti-Spanish-sentiment dept
Giving more ammunition to the industry folks, though, Chris alerts us to the news that an appeals court in Spain has upheld a lower court decision protecting a website that indexes downloads and streams of sporting events. Once again, the court points out that the site itself doesn't host any of the material itself, and thus is not infringing on copyrights. I'm not familiar with how the Spanish judicial system works, but apparently this ruling cannot be appealed.
But, of course, with the efforts to change copyright law well under way, I imagine this ruling will just be used as another reason to change the law, rather than another example of a reasonable ruling that focuses on not blaming those who just point elsewhere. Still, this ruling reminds me of the Israeli court ruling from last year that found that watching sports streams online was fair use and not copyright infringement. But, of course, if ACTA gets approved, thanks to US lobbyists, such interpretations of copyright law will quickly get stamped out...