Spanish Legislature Rejects Hollywood-Backed Copyright Law Changes

from the nice-try dept

We've discussed in the past how Spain actually has somewhat more reasonable copyright laws than other parts of the world. It says that personal, non-commercial copying is not against the law and also says that third parties should not be liable for copyright infringement done by their users. This seems perfectly reasonable but, of course, Hollywood hates it. For a while, they've pushed a media campaign claiming that Spain's copyright laws were destroying the entertainment industry. From a personal level, this is kind of amusing, because I think I bought (yes, bought) more music from new Spanish bands in the last year than from any other country outside of the US. And, of course, soon after the media campaign, suddenly Spain introduced a copyright reform package that seemed like a checklist of the entertainment industry's wishes. It surprised absolutely no one when one of the recent Wikileaks diplomatic cable leaks showed that US diplomats played a large role in pressuring the Spanish government to make these changes, at the behest of movie industry lobbyists.

But... it appears that with all this attention, some backlash has come about as well, and the Spanish legislative body surprised a lot of people and rejected the proposed changes(Google translation from the original Spanish). It was a narrow vote, but it sounds like this issue is dead until at least next year. Of course, in the interim, expect more ridiculous and unsubstantiated bellyaching about how entertainment in Spain is dying.

Filed Under: copyright, hollywood, spain


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    joseph, 23 Dec 2010 @ 4:57am

    perhaps someone can tell me, if i go to a shop and pay my hard earned cash for a movie, music, game or software disk, have i actually bought that disk and it's contents or have i just rented it? if i have rented it, where does it say that on the packaging? if i have bought it, then i should be able to do what i like with it, including lending it to someone else, watching/listening (to) it with someone else, giving it to someone else and copying it as well. after all, the same companies that produce the disks also produce the software to view, listen to and copy those disks, as well as produce the blank media that allows the original disks to be copied to. the public are not only expected but actively encouraged to buy the software, media and players/burners that enable this to happen. so are those companies themselves not 'actively encouraging copyright infringement' of their own material? what happens in Spain should be allowed in every country!

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