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Spain gets tough with new anti-piracy measures

The government in Spain yesterday approved new legislation for blocking websites deemed to be supporting copyright infringement, as part of the controversial worldwide spread of tough anti-piracy measures. Spain is to have a new government body with the power to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to sites. Similar rules are already on the table in the Us, despite widespread opposition from internet users and the technology industry. The creative industries have welcomed the global crackdown on piracy, but net activists feel that it is a draconian and ultimately futile approach. Spain's Sinde Law, named after the former Spanish culture minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, enables copyright holders to report any websites thought to be infringing their rights to the new government body. The commission will then decide whether to take action, including options to (more)

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