Why did I choose this topic?
I chose this topic because I find it interesting to know about a law that is especially going to affect young people and even if I’m against it, as I suppose everyone is, I wanted to understand what it was about, and it’s the chance for everyone else for it too, even If my opinion is that this law will be unsuccessful because everyone will try not torespect it.
Also, I consider that in democracy the public opinion should be taken in account and that even if authors have the right of making us pay for their work, music and films have become part of our lives thanks to now illegal downloads and streaming, so maybe if they have less audience, this law will be the reason why.
What is Sinde Law?
Sinde Law is the informal name whichis known to a particular section of the Sustainable Economy Act called "Second Final Provision"
This law attempts to solve the current crisis in Spain, restoring economic issues which involve copyrights of artists, allowing these to make the money that isn’t given to them, every time someone downloads a song or views a film on a streaming website, even If I think that they won’t have the same audience oncethis law is definitely starts to work.
The purpose of amending these laws is to allow a group of people under the Ministry of Culture to close websites that according to its sole discretion violates intellectual property rights prior approval of the Central Courts of Administrative Litigation.
Who has led the law?
The law was prompted by the Government and in particular by theMinistry of Culture. Hence it is popularly known as Sinde law, referring to the head of the department, Ángeles González-Sinde. The Act was created due to pressure from the U.S. government on various segments of the Spanish administration, as Spain is one of the countries where piracy and downloads are in their biggest number, unlike what people think, that It was a Spanish idea.
Who is against the law?
Almostall of Spanish society is directly contrary to the Sinde Law. The evidence of manipulation and mockery of citizenship that has led to some of her supporters to be among the most hated in Spain, with feelings that are coming dangerously close to the social alarm . The movement against Sinde Law has gathered tens of thousands of citizens that have expressed their dissatisfaction and protest in thenetwork: the protest "in defense of fundamental rights on the Internet" was republished in a huge number of pages across the network in a matter of hours, and the Facebook group of the same name brings together more than two hundred thirty thousand (23o 000) followers.
What does the law intent?
The law intends to pursue direct download websites and links that allow Internet users to downloador view files, especially TV shows, movies, music and electronic books without permission of the copyright owners (record companies, studios or rights management companies). Their aim is to close 200 pages which are blamed of 90% of "piracy”, although it can affect any webpage.
It’s evident that the people who think they are capable of forbidding the access to these websites don’t know thatthere are so many websites for that, that it will be impossible for them to close them all, as these kind of websites come as new everyday, and taking into account that everyone is against it, it will be even harder.
What is the procedure to close a website?
The process begins when the authors or managers of their rights make a complaint (through an Intellectual Property Commission, anadministrative body of Culture). After hearing the arguments of the page and if they haven’t removed the rights-managed content, the Commission refers the case to the central court of administrative litigation, which must decide within four days if they admit or not to request the closure of the website.
Will you still be able to download files when the law comes into force?
Yes, the law does...