Spain is music piracy capital

11th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

11 August 2004, MADRID - Spain accounts for 43 percent of all illegal music, film and software copying over the internet in Europe, producers watchdog group EGEDA said on Wednesday.

11 August 2004

MADRID - Spain accounts for 43 percent of all illegal music, film and software copying over the internet in Europe, producers watchdog  group EGEDA said on Wednesday.

José Antonio Suárez , the secretary of EGEDA, which represents producers' rights, said that no purchaser could claim that he did not know that buying CDs in the street or downloading music is illegal.

Research showed that Europe represents 60 percent of the "P2P" networks used in the interchange of files and within this figure "Spain is the leading country for the number of illegal downloads."

Speaking at a university seminar in Santander, Suárez said Spanish legislation against piracy was "adequate", and that the main problem in fighting illegal copying was in "knowing and applying" the law.

He welcomed reforms in the penal code, due to be introduced this autumn,  which would make it more difficult to copy music and films.

He rejected claims that the high price of discs was one of the main reasons for the growth in piracy.

"The subject of prices has nothing to do with it," he said. "There are prices for all pockets. Moreover, we cannot accept that it is delinquents who fix the prices."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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