Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by SReilly
In the News "Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content. The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat."
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Not just anti-P2P
by Netwalker on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 09:03 UTC
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I'm spaniard and I've been following this issue with great fear. Do you remember this Simpsons gag when they use a paper clip to join a law to another to get it passed? This is what happened here. They joined the law to a kind of economy adjustment law. Who can be against tweaking the government expending in this crisis times?

Besides, P2P is legal here. They taxed CDR, CD recorders, CD players, HDD, computers, MP3 players, anything that can be used to play, record or copy any multimedia content. With the law in the hand, you have to get rich AND provide the content to be doing something illegal. A torrent site? Perfectly legal. Using torrent, emule, amule, whatever? Perfectly legal also. So each time they get a torrent site admin to the judges, they found them not guilty and let them go.

Well, guess what... they tried doing a bypass. And a big one, too: the "antiP2P law" was so lax, so unexpecific, even a common blog on politics could get closed with it and they could do it withought asking a judge. This goes against constitution, against law, against common sense, and would put it at the same level of Iran in terms of censorship and citizen rights.

Big THANK YOU to Madding and Wikileaks for blowing the wistle and helping us against this madness.

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