Thursday, December 3, 2009

Small revolution in Spain

The story goes like this:

a) Spain is one of the countries with higher levels of piracy of copyrighted content (link).
b) Spanish Culture minister, Ángeles González-Sinde, is an screenwriter that has a very tight relation with Spanish blogosphere and twittersphere.
c) This week her Ministry introduced a polemic paragraph in a big law project on Sustainable Economy (focused on recovering from the Economic Crisis). The paragraph said that the government could close websites or blogs that infringes intellectual property without any judicial control (link).
d) Bloggers, journalists and users created a Manifesto in Defense of Fundamental Rights in the Internet (link).
e) Legal analyse of the Law propose by lawyer David Bravo (link).
f) After a talking with some of the responsibles of the Manifesto, González-Sinde just says that it was a very interesting meeting. Hours after, Spanish President, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, had to step back and explain that no one in the government will close any webpage and that changes may be made in the law proposal (link).
g) Members of PSOE (party in power in Spain) complained because González-Sinde didn't make clear what consequences the paragraph could have.
h) Spanish newspaper Publico opens friday edition with the image of the keyboards ctrl+z (Zapatero's nickname/brand is ZP) (link).

Today in the news, tomorrow in a Clay Shirky book.


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