Congress has given the definitive approval to the Law Sinde
Congress has given the definitive approval to the Ley Sinde, the troubled Government anti-internet download law, which has nevertheless been scaled down by amendments in the Senate.
The law forms part of the Sustainable Economy legislation and was approved in Congress with the votes of the PSOE, PP and CiU.
Once published in the BOE Official State Bulletin, the Ministry for Culture will develop the norms to allow the legislation to be put into action over the summer.
The main part of the law allows for a judicial order to close down any web page which shows links to illegal or illegal downloads of copyright content.
Minister for Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, described the news as a ‘tranquilising message for both internet users and creators’. She said it was a grand opportunity for Spain to generate employment and a wider promotion of the country’s cultural heritage.
However many copyright holders say the law does not go far enough as it does nothing to stop P2P file sharing, while a large number of complaints from internet users are now expected to be seen on Spanish internet forums. Twitter already has the hashtag campaign #nolesvotes which calls on supports to refuse to vote to any of the three parties who supported the law.
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