"within a matter of days," the GOS will announce a series of measures designed to tackle Internet piracy."
"In a conversation with Econoffs before the event began, State Secretary Ros, who is scheduled to visit announce a new initiative related to IPR protection and Internet piracy "in a matter of days." Econoffs later spoke to Aldo Olcese, President of the Coalition of Creators and Content Providers, who confirmed that the government was putting considerable pressure on Redtel, the ISP association, to agree to what Olcese characterized as a "de minimis" anti-piracy agreement. The Coalition is not enthusiastic about the proposed agreement but intends to accept it as a way to get the government more actively engaged in finding and implementing solutions. Olcese estimated that the first part of the agreement, establishing a government authority that would take action against a number of high-profile websites known to make pirated content available, could be ready by the end of this week."
"He added that the Spanish government is seeking ways, under existing authority, to pursue and take out of commission some 100 websites that are responsible for perhaps as much as 80 percent of infringing content. Defending the Spanish government's IPR performance, he cited figures showing the number of cases of Internet piracy pursued by police and prosecutors over the past four years, even while recognizing that many judges in Spain are not well equipped to understand or dispose correctly of intellectual property cases"
¿Es esa la razón de querer prescindir del criterio judicial en materia de propiedad intelectual?
Last year Spain's Interministerial Anti-Piracy Commission and the Consejo Superior Judicial (Spanish administrative body which oversees the courts) signed an agreement to train judges on IP issues. The two bodies will collaborate on two training courses, in April and October, to train 40 to 45 judges each time. More importantly, the contents of each course will be published and distributed to Spanish judges throughout Spain.
Ros told the rights-holders' representatives that "very soon," Spain's Council of Ministers will receive for its approval a proposal for regulatory reform to address digital piracy. While not ruling out new legislation to strengthen the government's authority, Ros lamented that getting a law through Congress could take years and would likely arouse bitter opposition.
The news from both Olcese and Ros that an agreement and a government initiative are close to fruition is certainly welcome, and such an agreement, however modest, would be an important step in the right direction
"Though 2009 has been a frustrating year for right-holders, there is a good chance it will end on a positive note. In a meeting with Charge, MPAA CEO Dan Glickman expressed satisfaction with his meetings with Industry, Tourism, and Trade Minister Miguel Sebastian and Minister of Culture Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde. Sebastian, he said, was quite forthright and specific about the Commission's work: It will deliver its recommendations by year's end; these will include amending the law to give government more tools to combat piracy; and one component will be "an administrative course of action" to block offending websites. According to various sources, State Secretary Ros (who reports to Sebastian and was present at his meeting with Glickman) and his staffers had been opposing such an administrative remedy in the Commission's discussions (refs B-C), but have apparently been brought around by the other Ministries represented. "