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Spanish Pirate Site Owners To Get Six Years Jail Time, But Users Off The Hook

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    Spanish Pirate Site Owners To Get Six Years Jailtime, But Users Off The Hook | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Mike Butcher - Sept. 21, 2013

    Spain has long had a difficult reputation as one of the heaviest users of file-sharing services, crippling music and entertainment sales in the country for years. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, some might say. But it’s affected relations with Hollywood for years and threatened to land it back on a U.S. government black list after the country dropped off last year. And facing trade sanctions from Washington is a bad place to be when your economy is in the toilet. So Friday, the Spanish government approved new laws, meaning the owners of websites that link to pirated content will be jailed for up to six years.
     
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    I found the following paragraph from the article very interesting:

    ** The law will only affect site owners making money from linking to copyrighted material provided illegally by third parties, ether it be "direct or indirect profit", such as via advertising links. The measures won't take effect until early next year. Spain last created an anti-piracy law in 2011, which helped it for a while - until the situation for worse again. RojaDirecta.com, for instance, linked to unauthorized sports streams, was shut down by the US, but relaunched as RojaDirecta.me, based in Montenegro. Clever. **

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    Just think. If that law was put into effect in USA many of the 'popular' GTV apps/web sites would be kaput. This includes: 1channel, TVPortal. Navi-X, Mitty, etc. etc. -;)

    Hmmm Spain is going to throw webmasters that link to copyrighted material in jail for six years. But here is good old Google saying these apps are OK - because the apps only provide links to pirated material (they don't actually host it). Or Google doesn't know what these apps are all about? Aww C'mon... No wonder the content producers for the most part tend to shun Google TV... -:(
     
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