Spain Passes Much-Debated Intellectual Property Law

Spain passed its Intellectual Property Law, with its hotly debated, so-called Google tax that allows for fines on aggregators that show snippets of content without paying for it. Critics of the law argue that in addition to the confusion of including private copy in the law, the wording on what constitutes as piracy is "vague" and "weak," failing to offer a clear-cut definition to rule against sites that violate property rights. Additionally, Spain is altering its penal code to move more forcefully against copyright violation by closing down sites that link to illegal content.

Country: Spain

Domains: IPR

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: publishers, LPI, IP protection, close down sites, Internet, illegal content, copyright, penal code, Spain, intellectual property law, Spanish Google tax law

Posted on Saturday 15 November 2014

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