Spain’s internet piracy problem continues

 Spain might be put back on the 301 Watch List by the Office of the US Trade Representative.

The influential entertainment industry is recommending that Spain be included again, after a year’s absence. A compilation of ‘pirate countries’ is drawn up every year 

Ever since its creation in March 2012, the committee has received 361 inspection requests for websites suspected of containing illegal content.

Most of the  complaints filed with the committee between March and December came from the Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property (FAP), which represents movie and videogames. 

To avoid inclusion on the 301 Watch List, the office of the state secretary for culture mentions three measures that are urgently required, including, incentives for legally available content, raising social awareness  within schools, families and the industry, and regulatory changes to make work speedier.

Meanwhile, the publishing, TV and radio industries suggest establishing clear rules for content accreditation or lower internet rates compared with the price of copyrighted content obtained through traditional media.

by SGL

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