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Spanish Sinde law leads to 79 takedown requests

New law, same old censorship
Wed Apr 04 2012, 12:26

THE NEWLY ENFORCED Sinde law in Spain that will let content owners demand web site closures might have netted almost 80 victims in just its first month.

Under the Sinde law content owners can petition for web sites or content to be taken down if they think that they are compromising their protected material.

It has only been in force for a month, and Spanish newspaper El Mundo says that owners have already identified 79 problematic web pages. In total around 300 complaints have been received, says the report.

The Spanish Copyright Commission, part of its department of culture and known locally as the Comisión de Propiedad Intelectual, now must consider these complaints and decide what action to take.

El Mundo reports that the commission can put a block on the web sites that lasts for about a year, however the web sites in question have not been named.

The commission has anywhere between 20 days and three months to come to a decision. If it decides that action is needed, it will order that the owners be identified and told to take down the content. They will have 48 hours to respond.

Failure to respond will result in a bit more consideration before the internet service provider that is hosting the content is asked to take it down or shut down the web site.

The Sinde law is controversial, not least because of all this. In Spain it is said to have been made in the US, or at least backed by US corporate interests. µ


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