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

Posted By Adan On September 21, 2013 @ 4:29 pm In Big Brother | Comments Disabled

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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