Can a Spanish Law Actually Fight Piracy?

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2011

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Spain is one of the most notorious countries where pirating entertainment material is concerned. The nation is considered one of the worst places in the world for the entertainment industry, with the value of movies pirated in the nation outpacing the amount of tickets sold in any given year by nearly fourfold. To fight this, a Spanish minister has introduced a law called the Sinde Law, which is named after that same minister.

Currently, the most effective ways to fight piracy seem to have been those that have increased the amount of value that consumers get for their money. The popular Netflix service, for example, offers streaming movies for a very low monthly fee, making it less attractive for consumers to pirate movies and have to deal with the variations in quality and safety that pirating entails. The entertainment industry and the Sinde law are focused on selling DVDs and CDs, which may simply prove to be mediums in which modern consumers have about as much interest as they do in cassette tapes and 8-tracks.

Online file sharing has become synonymous with piracy, even though this is oftentimes not at all the case. Online file sharing also means sharing original materials, materials that are not copyrighted in anyway and other materials that are fee to be shared however users want. Internet companies find laws such as the Sinde law to be too restrictive to the freedoms of users and, quite often, to be rife with the signs of laws that are written to cater to the needs of a specific industry rather than to provide for society as a whole. Whatever comes about in Spain, piracy is most certainly illegal already and current laws seem to do little to stop it. Offering alternatives still seems to be the best move on the part of the industry.


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