Spain to make providers of ‘pirated’ Web content walk the plank | Digital Journal

Madrid – Well, not walk the plank exactly, but tough new laws are to be introduced in Spain and were set for approval in Parliament on Friday. The new laws call for six years in prison for linking to “pirated”, copyright-protected material from webpages.

Spain is changing the rules due to what is called “rampant” and “endemic” piracy in the country.

Anyone linking to “pirated” material, such as films or music, from their webpages are likely to see six years behind bars.

End users, who downloaded the content using those links, won’t be punished apparently. Also, according to Reuters, peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and search engines are exempt from the the new laws and will not face legal action.