Spain’s Education and Culture Minister, Jose Wert, says Spain would soon be proposing a new set of laws to help thwart on-line piracy. Spain was recently put on a ‘watch list’ for rampant on-line piracy and is considered one of the worst offenders in Western Europe.
In February of this year the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) issued a report placing Spain as a region to watch for rampant piracy on-line and in some physical trade. They are recommending that Spain be placed back on the U.S. Trade Representative’s ‘watch list’ as a region not enforcing laws to stop copyright violators.
In an effort to prevent any sort of trade sanctions by the U.S. Trade Representative, Spain will be enforcing a new set of anti-piracy laws. In a recent press statement the Spanish Education and Culture Minister, Jose Wert, said that his government will be passing new reform that would place stricter guidelines on enforcing local and international copyright laws.
In an interview with Reuters news agency Wert said, "I believe this reform should satisfy those who are worried about Spain's insufficient level of protection for intellectual property."
Currently, the laws in Spain make it hard for copyright holders to protect their work from piracy. These new set of laws being drafted will make it easier for the Spanish government to go after any website that links or directs a person in some way to engage in the illegal downloading of copyrighted material. The laws would also make it easier to shut down sites that take on-line payments for pirated copyrighted material as well.
A Spanish lobby group known as the Coalition of Content Creators and Industries is pressing lawmakers to make the bill even more stringent and comparable to any physical copyright law. If the suggestions by the lobbyists were passed, the government would have the power to entirely shut down or block websites that harbor illegal downloading.