Spain will have to curb piracy to retain culture

30th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

An advisor to French president says Spain ought to adopt French new law that will help to curb internet piracy.

30 June 2008

MADRID - On a recent visit to Madrid, Denis Olivennes, an advisor to president Sarkozy of France, spoke about the new French law intended to curb internet piracy, which he helped to design, and which he says Spain ought to adopt too.

The new law is designed to combat illegal downloads by means of a system that first warns the user to stop downloading music and films, and, if he continues, shuts off his internet access.

Olivennes considers the idea an exportable one. On a recent visit to this country, he commented that "Spain, like any other European country, can and must apply this system to put an end to piracy," adding: "If we want cultural diversity, if we want to have Spanish music and cinema, we need to stop or at least curb the phenomenon of illegal downloading."

The new law provides for the creation of an Authority for Publishing of Works and Protection of Internet Rights (Hadopi), made up of judges, to oversee the protection of works. Hadopi, after a previous report from the Computer Liberties Commission, will send two successive warnings to the pirate downloader - one by email and one by registered mail - and then decide on the period of disconnection from the internet, which is to range from three months to a year.

Olivennes, now director of the news magazine Nouvel Observateur, notes that the law allows artists' representatives to "go onto the internet and find people who are pirating," and to inform the Commission as to where these downloads are being made.

"The artists and copyright protection organisations will never know the name or address of the alleged pirates. Only the Authority, which is made up of judges, will see this data. All we have done is to use a legal instrument that already existed."

"The pirate whose connection has been cut can appeal against Hadopi's decision. But, from experience with similar measures in the US and UK, we know that 90 percent of pirates desist at the warning stage."

[El Pais / Ramon Munoz / Expatica]

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