Nosotros tambien, Madrid seems to be saying to Europeans and others around the globe concerned about copyright protections, joining, as previously discussed France. The national discussion on the Iberian peninsula also has turned to imposing fines and a Spanish crackdown on those who wrongly seek to capitalize on others’ intellectual property. In Spain, the regulatory measures are part of the “Lassalle Law,” with its three objectives: to provide “greater transparency” with groups that manage content rights; curtail piracy or “large-scale” downloading of entertainment and cultural content; and to offer a review of the right to make private copies of protected materials, including what constitutes correct or improper file-sharing. The “stick” that comes along with legal “carrots” will include fines of up to 300,000 euros (US $388,400). Spain has a reputation for laxity on intellectual property protections, skirting ever so near to getting on U.S. officials’ trade watch lists. In 2012, Madrid put in place its Sinde law, aiming to step up IP regulation, in part by taking it out time-consuming court cases and into the hands of a national commission. Despite these positives moves, the draft Lassalle Law, advocates say, will move Spain further along, tightening enforcement and closing loopholes in earlier regulation. Both the Sinde and Lassalle laws are eponymous for Spanish ministers who have pressed the respective measures.
Spain further targets piracy, illicit file sharing
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