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Spain adopts new policy to safeguard intellectual property

The copyright infringed sites would face fines of up to €300,000 as well as elimination of their payment processors and advertisers

By CBR Staff Writer

The Spanish Government has introduced new policy for advertisers on websites that breach copyright protection, and increased fines for sites that do not eliminate pirated content.

Aimed at strengthening the tools to combat online piracy, the introduction of new policy is part of Spain’s plans to increase copyright protections and ensure stringent rules against infringers.

According to the new draft, the copyright infringed sites would face fines of up to €300,000 as well as eliminate their payment processors and advertisers, while P2P downloads will also be banned by limiting the right to private copy.

The draft proposes measures to maximise the Intellectual Property Commission´s power to handle infringements, while ensuring more transparency and efficiency of rights management entities.

In March 2012, Spain introduced the Sinde Law, which creates an intellectual property commission to safeguard developers from the lost revenue of illegitimate downloads.

The policy is currently open to public consultation for the next two to three months, upon which, the bill would be reassessed in September 2013 for final government approval, possibly during late 2013.

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