While U.S. politicians get ready to return to fight over SOPA, new legislation to combat file-sharing in Spain has been approved. The legislation, called the "Sustainable Economy Law" (LES), was specifically designed to stop Spanish Internet users from accessing file-sharing sites either by blocking them at the ISP level or by shutting them down completely.
Spain’s new government, the Partido Popular (People’s Party), has fully implemented the so-called Sinde Law. Under the new law if a rightsholders’ complains, ISP's are required to block web sites within 10 days of the complaint. Complaints are made to a government body - the Intellectual Property Committee.
Deputy Prime Minister Maria Soraya Saenz de Santamaria announced at a press conference that the Sinde Law (named after outgoing Minister of Culture Ángeles González-Sinde) will now be fully implemented. In her speech, Santamaria posited to the media that the law’s objective was "to protect against the plundering of intellectual property rights" and to ensure that Spain "joined the international standard in the fight against online piracy."
The law was passed in February of last year, but the government had to wait to implement because it lacked a framework to execute it properly. It is interesting to see that all of the plans in those secret meetings about ACTA are now playing out all around the world. And to be fair, it seems that Spain is on the same page as the U.S.: they take their marching orders from the special interests in the entertainment industry. The only thing that is funny about this story is how the "People's Party" has just taken rights away from the "people of Spain."