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Spanish court rules its legal to share P2P download links

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Sep 2008 16:33 User comments (13)

Spanish court rules its legal to share P2P download links A Spanish court has ruled that it is infact legal for a site to provide links to P2P downloads as long as they are not offering the files themselves and not working for "commercial gain."
The Provincial Court of Madrid ruled in favor of Sharemula.com, a site whose sole purpose was to index eDonkey links to movies, games and music. eDonkey links are very similar to that of .torrent files, which do not contain any copyrighted material themselves but lead to such files.

The site went under investigation in 2006 by the Federación Antipiratería and later 15 people were arrested in connection with the site.

The case was even thrown out after being heard last year because the judge ruled the administrators of the site were not doing anything illegal and did not make a cent from the index. The media industry, including Columbia, Disney Company Iberia, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner, Universal, Paramount, Sony and MGM, appealed the decision however but have now lost again, and this decision can not be appealed.

“The hearing confirms the position of the defense that linking to P2P networks does not constitute a criminal offense,”
added David Bravo, a lawyer for the defense.

This decision should be welcomed by the administrators of Mininova and the Pirate Bay who have upcoming similar cases.

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13 user comments

120.9.2008 17:04

Im glad to see this with all the negative incidents recently.

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220.9.2008 20:41

Finally....a country that got it right!!!!

321.9.2008 0:08
lancerx
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i'm finally starting to love my country after all

421.9.2008 0:13
david89
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finally country got it right *claps his hands* i hope they stay this way.

521.9.2008 1:14
1bonehead
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All this means is that the Spanish riaa will just bribe the legislature to pass a law to make p2p trackers of music/video illegal


The BPI Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The RIAA Soundexchange Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The IFPI Are: The same anti consumer lot as listed above!
The MPAA Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, DISNEY, PARAMOUNT, FOX.

621.9.2008 5:10
13thHouR
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Quote:
The media industry, including Columbia, Disney Company Iberia, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner, Universal, Paramount, Sony and MGM
USA law is not universal yet scum bags. Take your bogus claims and doublespeak somewhere else.

Good for spain next win will be the jumped up case against the pirate bay but they can't touch them until the scum bags get the ACTA finalised.

Originally posted by 1bonehead:
All this means is that the Spanish riaa will just bribe the legislature to pass a law to make p2p trackers of music/video illegal
it's called to "lobby" not bribe, The ACTA is coming and its thanks to the organisations like the RIAA, MPAA. Name and shame and boycott all things these companies have their greasy little figures involved with before they destroy our culture for profit.

RIAA:

# Sony BMG Music Entertainment
# Universal Music Group
# Warner Music Group
# EMI

MPAA:

# The Walt Disney Company
# Sony Pictures
# Paramount Pictures Viacom—(DreamWorks owners since February 2006)
# 20th Century Fox (News Corporation)
# Universal Studios (NBC Universal)
# Warner Bros. (Time Warner)
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721.9.2008 10:51
lynchGOP
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Hmmmmm..............I'd bet Spain in a nice place to live. MMMmmmmmm.............Spanish honeys, tapas and countless bittorrent sources. Yeah.............I like that.

821.9.2008 19:26

Originally posted by lynchGOP:
Hmmmmm..............I'd bet Spain in a nice place to live. MMMmmmmmm.............Spanish honeys, tapas and countless bittorrent sources. Yeah.............I like that.

We can only dream... ;)

I liked that verdict.

927.9.2008 0:08

Spain comes to the rescue. I love it.

Viva la Madre Patria!!!!

1027.9.2008 3:49
1bonehead
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Originally posted by lynchGOP:
Hmmmmm..............I'd bet Spain in a nice place to live. MMMmmmmmm.............Spanish honeys, tapas and countless bittorrent sources. Yeah.............I like that.

I'm with ya !

The BPI Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The RIAA Soundexchange Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The IFPI Are: The same anti consumer lot as listed above!
The MPAA Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, DISNEY, PARAMOUNT, FOX.

1130.9.2008 0:18

Vote for Pedro!!

1230.9.2008 1:09

Pedro was Mexican...LOL

1321.5.2009 17:52
davidrose
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Quote:
Originally posted by lynchGOP:
Hmmmmm..............I'd bet Spain in a nice place to live. MMMmmmmmm.............Spanish honeys, tapas and countless bittorrent sources. Yeah.............I like that.

I'm with ya !
Yippie let's go Nice to see a winner anyway!!

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