Leaked:US letter to Spain warned of punishment for not passing a SOPA-style law

US Threatened To Blacklist Spain For Not Implementing Site Blocking Law

(torrentfreak.com)

 

In a leaked letter sent to Spain’s outgoing President, the US ambassador to the country warned that as punishment for not passing a SOPA-style file-sharing site blocking law, Spain risked being put on a United States trade blacklist . Inclusion would have left Spain open to a range of “retaliatory options” but already the US was working with the incoming government to reach its goals.

 

United States government interference in Spain’s intellectual property laws had long been suspected, but it was revelations from Wikileaks that finally confirmed the depth of its involvement.

 

More than 100 leaked cables showed that the US had helped draft new Spanish copyright legislation and had heavily influenced the decisions of both the government and opposition.

 

Now, another diplomatic leak has revealed how the US voiced its anger towards outgoing President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last month upon realizing that his government was unlikely to pass the US-drafted Sinde (site blocking) Law before leaving office.

 

In a letter dated December 12th and sent by US Ambassador Alan D. Solomont to the Spanish Prime Minister’s office, the US expressed “deep concern” over the failure to implement the SOPA-style censorship law.

 

“The government has unfortunately failed to finish the job for political reasons, to the detriment of the reputation and economy of Spain,” read the letter obtained by El Pais.

 

Racing against the clock in the final days of the government, Solomont had one last push.

 

“I encourage the Government of Spain to implement the Sinde Law immediately to safeguard the reputation of Spain as an innovative country that does what it says it will, and as a country that breeds confidence,” he wrote.

 

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Comment by truth on January 5, 2012 at 11:21pm

Spain's Sinde law echoes SOPA, takes pirate sites offline after commission review

Congresso de los Diputados Spain (Flickr)

The Spanish government has passed an anti-piracy law that offers a way for copyright holders to have sites that illegally host content and those that link to them (read: trackers) taken down. It's known as the "Sinde law" after the Spanish culture minister who originally pushed it, and it creates a commission headed by the Secretary of Culture that receives and investigates claims from copyright owners against websites. Once the commission reaches a decision (hopefully within ten days of receiving the complaint), a judge will look over the finding and, if the site owners can be contacted, request that the infringing material be removed or the site shut down. If that's not possible, the judge will be able to order ISPs and other web hosts to have the site taken offline. That seems to offer a little bit more protection from overzealous abuse than the controversial SOPA bill in the US, but it's not clear how these pulldowns will work on a technical level or how they'll affect the broader internet. Unfortunately, none of that appears to have been a concern for Spanish lawmakers, so it looks like we'll just have to find out in practice.

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Comment by truth on January 5, 2012 at 8:50pm

Website Blocking Law Implemented By New Spanish Government
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