No Surprise: Wikileaks Leak Shows US Entertainment Industry Wrote Spain's New Copyright Law

from the but-of-course... dept

This won't come as much of a surprise of course, but according to reports about some of the latest Wikileaks State Department cable leaks, it appears that Hollywood and US diplomats were behind the crafting of Spain's newly proposed copyright law. You may recall, of course, that Spain actually has a fairly reasonable copyright law. It says personal, non-commercial, file sharing is okay, and does not seem to agree with the idea that you should blame third parties for actions of their users.

Of course, that's resulted in Spain constantly being put on the "worst of the worst" lists by the entertainment industry and a media campaign by the industry about how awful Spain was when it came to copyright. How dare you have more reasonable copyright laws that don't criminalize everyone! Of course, it didn't take long for Spain to introduce new copyright laws that even local economists said would be bad for everyone.

So, of course it's no surprise at all that the US entertainment industry and US diplomats had a huge role in shaping the new laws. In fact, when the reports came out, we even titled our post on the subject "Looks Like Entertainment Industry Lobbyists Got To The Spanish Government." It's just that, now, thanks to these cables, this information has even more evidence behind it, showing that the MPAA and US diplomats were heavily involved in getting Spain to change its copyright laws.

Filed Under: copyright, lobbyists, spain, us
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Dec 2010 @ 10:50am

    Re: bring it down a notch - US apologist

    Many many many people have been criticizing the US for a long time. The only difference is now they have the proof and your jumping up and down being an apologist.

    You may believe the US is not that bad but history, modern policy, and and two endless wars speak otherwise.

    You can look up how we have dealt with South America to see just how horrendous the US can be. Perhaps you can study Native American history for some insight into the things the US has done. Better yet you can see in modern times we have waged a class war against minorities through our war on drugs.

    We now lockup more people percentage wise than any other country in the world. Everything is just fine though!

    People who are living in the state of denial are the real problem. The US is acting just like a drug addict nowadays. Until the US can recognize its problems it will never change.

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