Spain blacklisted for failing to fight digital piracy
A US congressional committee has included Spain along with countries such as Russia, China and Canada for not doing enough to combat digital piracy.27 May 2008
MADRID - A US congressional committee on Monday added Spain to a blacklist of countries not doing enough to fight digital piracy in a move that intellectual property rights advocates have described as overdue.
The US Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus said it is including Spain and Greece along with usual suspects Mexico, Russia, China and Canada on its "priority list" of countries that are failing to safeguard copyrighted music, films and software from being illegally downloaded over the internet.
The move was immediately applauded by film and music producers associations, who have long accused Spain of being a hotbed of digital piracy due to legislation that creates a legal loophole allowing people to download copyrighted works so long as they do not attempt to sell them.
"The Spanish government's persistent failure to address Spain's epidemic internet piracy problem, which is wreaking havoc on the legitimate market, has caused Spain to appear on the list," Dan Glickman, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), said.
Spain was also added to a similar US Trade Department blacklist in April.
[El Pais / Luz Fernandez / Expatica]