Netflix: piracy helped prepare Spain for watching content online

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment streaming company Netflix is preparing to launch its service in Spain in October, where Internet torrents are popular and piracy is rampant. Some familiar with Spain would argue that much of this piracy is due to not having legal options in the region for consumers to get content in the first place; while others might blame high unemployment and a lack of disposable income due to the delicate state of the Spanish economy.

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University of Catalonia Professors See Expanded Role For Video Games In Education

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Three professors from the Open University of Catalonia, UOC, (Barcelona, Spain) argue that video games have value as education tools and as a positive means of communication in a new study. The study, "A report on media literacy in the digital game Experts in Europe," analyzes 18 European videogame applications in education.

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GameStop Sells Off Spanish Retail Stores to GAME

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GII reports that GameStop will no longer be selling games in Spain. The company announced that it has sold off a majority of its retail stores in the region to UK-based retailer GAME Digital Plc. The stores that were not part of the deal will eventually be closed.

"Our strategic decision to exit the Spanish market was not taken lightly," said GameStop executive vice president Michael Mauler.

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Spanish Court Lifts File-Sharing Site Blocks

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak reports that a Spanish court has overturned a lower court ruling that saw rights holders successfully block several file-sharing sites that they claim engaged in illegal file uploading and downloading.

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Sony: PS4 Outpacing Xbox One Three-to-One in Spain

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

PS4 sales are outpacing Xbox One sales in Spain, according to PlayStation Spain and Portugal CEO James Armstrong. Armstrong claims that the PS4 is outselling Xbox One by more than three units to one. The console has sold about 80,000 units in Spain since the European PS4 release date of November 29, he also claims. Armstrong said that the company is working hard to fulfill another 12,000 - 15,000 pre-orders that have yet to be met due to supply constraints.

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PlayFest Returns in September

July 25, 2013 -

The second annual PlayFest, a festival dedicated to music, animation, and video games, will take place in Málaga, Spain September 5-8. Playfest brings together leading artists, composers and companies to participate in master classes, conferences, screenings and concerts.

This year’s concert will feature music from Star Trek Video Games (presented by BuySoundtrax Records) and conducted by Kevin Kiner (Star Trek: Borg).

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Spain Proposes Draft Bill to Crackdown on Pirate Sites, Outlaw File-Sharing

March 22, 2013 -

Today the Spanish Government released details on amendments to its copyright law (so-called Sinde Law, which was instituted in 2012) that will provide more protections to rights holders and offer stricter rules against infringers. At a press conference this week, Spain's Culture Minister José Ignacio Wert said that the new reforms have three objectives.

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Nintendo Offers Recommendations on Fighting Piracy to U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report

February 27, 2013 -

Every year rights holders get to offer their input in the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 report, identifying piracy sites and offering recommendations on how best to combat piracy both online and offline. In a special letter, Wii, Wii U and 3DS maker Nintendo offers its two cents on the issue. First, Nintendo points out that it is suffering major losses at the hands of online piracy:

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Artist Eme Navarro Puts Spanish Sinde Law to the Test

March 2, 2012 -

Spain passed the anti-piracy "Sinde Law" late last year, and with it going into effect this week opponents of the law (that allows for the government to block allegedly infringing sites based on complaints from copyright holders), are mobilized to cause confusion to its enforcers. The group Hackivistas and artist Eme Navarro (a staunch critic of the law and a member of the music rights group SGAE) have come up with a unique way of protesting that will test how the new law is used.

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Report: U.S. Government Coerced Spain Into Passing Sinde Law

January 5, 2012 -

According to more than 100 leaked diplomatic cables, the reason that Spain passed such a strict anti-piracy law was because the United States government made strong threats against the country. The cables were part of a recent WikiLeaks release. Many have long suspected that the United States government has been interfering in other countries' copyright legislation, and these new cables certainly prove critics' points.

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Spain Implements Strict File-Sharing Law

January 2, 2012 -

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.

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Anonymous Retaliates Against Spanish Police for Arrests

June 13, 2011 -

You may recall that late last week Spanish Police arrested three men that they claimed were connected to hacktivist group Anonymous. The police alleged that the trio were responsible for  hacking various web sites associated with Sony, BBVA and Bankia, ENEL, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia, and New Zealand.

At the time the group's official Twitter account offered an ominous message to law enforcement: "expect us." And so they came and went. The hackers managed to keep www.policia.es offline for about an hour from 2130 GMT on 12 June.

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Three Anonymous Members Arrested in Spain over PSN Security Breach

June 10, 2011 -

According to a New York Times report, Spanish police have arrested three men they claim were involved in hacking Sony's PlayStation Network and the PlayStation Store. Police also claim that the trio are part of the hacktivist group Anonymous. The three men were released on their own recognizance pending formal charges but are expected to be charged with "forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate Web sites," which carries a maximum sentence of up to three years.

The official Twitter feed for the hacktivist group does provide some confirmation that the three are somehow connected to the group:

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RIAA Targets Spain, Canada, for Piracy Watch List

February 18, 2011 -

The Recording Industry Association of America and its partners at the International Intellectual Property Alliance recently submitted their ‘piracy watchlist’ recommendations to the Office of the US Trade Representative. The RIAA pointed to two countries as being the worst of the worst when it comes to intellectual property theft: Spain and our comrades to the north - Canada.

This is particularly interesting because this week Spain passed a tough new law to combat piracy. The Sinde law (nicknamed for its sponsor) is aimed at shutting down file-sharing sites that traffic in illegal downloads. Even though the public and some in the Spanish movie industry opposed the law, it will become the rule of the land by summer, says TorrentFreak. But the RIAA claims this is just a baby step and that even more needs to be done to combat theft.

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Spanish 'Sinde Act' Amendment Cleaved from Sustainable Economy Law

December 23, 2010 -

TorrentFreak reports that the Spanish House of Representatives has rejected new legislation that would have shut down hundreds of legal file-sharing sites. The rejection is a major victory for the tens of thousands of Internet users who launched many protests in recent months.

As TorrentFreak points out, Spain is one of the few countries in the world where its courts have affirmed that P2P-sites operate legally. The Spanish government wanted to change this, and attempted to accomplish this by proposing new legislation. That legislation would have punished sites offering links to copyrighted works without the need for a judicial order.

The Sinde Act was an amendment to the Sustainable Economy Law (LES) drafted by Minister of Culture Ángeles González-Sinde, with input from the United States Government.

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Web Sites Go Dark to Protest New Law in Spain

December 21, 2010 -

TorrentFreak reports that a coalition of file-sharing sites will go offline to protest a new law in Spain. The sites, TorrentFreak says generate 70 percent of Spain’s Internet traffic, will display a black page warning if the "Sinde Act" is approved. Some site owners say that their sites could disappear forever if the law is passed. Earlier this month, leaked diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks showed that Spain had bowed to US pressure to introduce the new law.

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Wikileaks Docs Reveals U.S. Influence on Spanish Copyright Law

December 6, 2010 -

According to Boing Boing, 115 leaked diplomatic cables from the latest Wikileaks document dump were related to the upcoming intellectual property law in Spain.

El Pais, a Spanish newspaper that has all of the 115 documents from the US Embassy in Madrid, has released 35 of them. The first batch of documents confirms what has been widely believed to be true: that the U.S. trade representative (working in conjunction with U.S. trade groups) wrote the country's upcoming copyright/Internet law.

Spain's new copyright law is being put to a vote this month. Boing Boing has some text in Spanish released from El Pais. Admittedly, trying to translate it via various online services (I’m looking at you Google), doesn't do the text justice.

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Xenophobic Spanish Political Game Taken Down, Developer Blamed

November 17, 2010 -

A game appearing on the website of a Spanish political party, in which players shot down illegal immigrants, was quickly yanked from the Internet after objections to its content.

The game, entitled Rescue, appeared on the website of the Catalan branch of the conservative Partido Popular (or People’s Party). Further describing the game, the Telegraph indicated that the goal was to “shoot down targets including ‘illegal immigrants’ parachuting from a plane and donkeys intended to represent Catalan separatists."

Once culminated, the game urged players to vote for the PP in the November 28 elections.

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