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First off today, Reuters reports that Spain is working on a new anti-piracy law that it hopes will keep it off the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report of countries that it feels are not adequately protecting intellectual property.
Spain was removed from the watch list last year but the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has recommended it be put back on. Spain, last year, had passed new legislation targeting pirate site to get off of the list but, after enforcement of the law proved slow and limited, the IIPA says it wants the country placed on it again.
Spain, however, is hoping to head off that by passing a new bill that clarifies the previous law, indicating that the country will go after “linking” sites that merely provide links to infringing material, and will also cut off payment processors to pirate sites. The new Section 301 report is due out this month and countries on the list face possible trade sanctions by the U.S.
Next up today, Rhian Jones at Musicweek reports that SoundCloud, the popular YouTube-like site for uploading and streaming audio, is facing stiff objections to a recent copyright policy change as some 2,500 premium users have signed a petition saying the policy limits their use of the service.
SoundCloud recently began to use ContentID, the same service YouTube users to filter out infringing content, however, musicians claim that the filtering process limits the usefulness of the site for mashup and remix artists, who often have even legitimate work taken down.
SoundCloud said that they sympathize with those who are frustrated but say that they believe the majority respect the steps they are taking. The petition didn’t specify any action they would take if their requests were not met.
Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that Javier E. Ferrer, a member of the IMAGiNE piracy release group under the name bigdaddykane, has been sentenced to 23 months in prison and has been ordered to pay compensation to the MPAA.
Ferrer admitted to camming pre-release movies including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Fright Night”. Ferrer’s home was raided by Homeland Security Investigations in September of 2011 and had his computer, cell phones and other items of evidence seized.
Other members of the group have received sentences ranging from 23 months to five years depending on their involvement. In addition to the camming, Ferrer admits to having provided assistance to others wanting to cam films and even paid for a server, hosted in France, for the group.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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