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IFPI singles out Spain in calls for global anti-piracy legislation

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Jan 2010 18:19 User comments (2)

IFPI singles out Spain in calls for global anti-piracy legislation The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said that global legislation aimed at tackling piracy is the key to the sector's survival. The trade group noted Spain as proof of a link between government inaction and growing music piracy. It said that Spain does not have laws in place to prevent illegal downloads, and pointed out that sales of music from local artists fell 65 percent in five years.
IFPI chairman John Kennedy described the situation in Spain as "almost irreversible". In the UK, the IFPI has thrown support behind the Digital Economy Bill, which contains measures that could result in music file sharers being disconnected from the Internet, and a controversial clause that hands power to change copyright laws to the Secretary of State.

"I hope they won't throw clause 17 overboard," Kennedy said. "We want this to be futureproof." Unsurprisingly, he also believes that suspension for persistent file sharers is a tactic that will be effective against online piracy. "If there is a risk of kids losing their internet connection, they will stop," said Mr Kennedy. He described the loss of the recent case against Oink (BitTorrent tracker) as a terrible disappointment, and added that it was an indication of how UK laws are out of touch.

Opposition to plans that include suspending file sharers after a series of warnings has been well reported on in recent months. As for the controversial clause 17 of the Digital Economy Bill, it has drawn concerns from companies that include Google and Facebook. "IFPI is calling for a copyright ratchet that will remove due process and threaten our human rights," said Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group.

"Copyright holders cannot hope to micro-manage the behaviour of every consumer."

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2 user comments

122.1.2010 21:12

"If there is a risk of kids losing their internet connection, they will stop,"

Obviously Mr. Kennedy isn't a parent.

223.1.2010 5:47

dont they say this about Canada because they wont roll over and play dead for the media industry?

so music for "local artists" fell 65% but whats the figures for pop, seems he is failing to divulge theses statistics i'm guessing that sales have risen & the RIAA (IFPI are the same companies)scum are cherry picking data.

there are infact laws in Spain to combat piracy but not laws to stop search engines from indexing & where the hell does the RIAA get off stating that it would be just for someone to lose their internet connection, surely RIAA should take individual copyright violators through the civil courts as most every country on our planet has provisions for private litigation.

anyway piracy just became anonymized!

Pirate Bay's VPN goes public: Ipredator
As governments around the world consider proposals to hand surveillance powers to the entertainment industry and twitchy cops, the Pirate Bay is striking back. Its new 5/month IPRedator service is an encrypted VPN that you can use to hide your traffic (whatever it may contain) from prying eyes. The name comes from Sweden's adoption of IPRED (the "IP Rights Enforcement Directive," a punishing piece of anti-Internet legislation). I've been looking for a reliable VPN to use on public hotspots -- this might just be it.

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