In Spain, website owners can now get six years in prison for linking to copyrighted material

Adrianne Jeffries
The Verge
Sept. 21, 2013

Website owners whose sites profit from linking to unauthorized copyrighted material can now be jailed for up to six years under a new measure that passed [yesterday] in Spain. Spain is considered one of the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to illegally downloading content; one study reported that 98.7 of music Spaniards listen to is pirated. The law will spare peer-to-peer filesharing sites, search engines, and users of the link-sharing sites.

The country enacted the law as a response to pressure from the US, where ironically the law is not as strict.

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