Spain has jumped on the anti-piracy bandwagon and recently adopted an anti-internet piracy law which could force internet service providers (ISPs) to shut down offending websites within ten days. The law is in reponse to a report which found that nearly 98% of music consumed in Spain is done so illegally.
The so-called Sinde Law allows rights holders to report infringing websites to the newly created intellectual property commission, who will decide whether to take action against the websites or ISPs which support them.
Those from the creative industry are pleased but many internet activists, including bloggers and tech professionals, are protesting, saying it infringes on freedom of expression. The same battle is raging across several other European countries as well and in America, the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) is wrapped in controversy as it could require search engines, domain name registrars and ISPs to all play a part in taking down offending material. Firms such as Google and Twitter have spoken out against it, saying that the law is tantamount to censorship.