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The US ambassador in Madrid threatened Spain with "retaliation actions" if the country did not pass tough new internet piracy laws, according to leaked documents.
The latest revelation comes amid a fierce debate over America's own plans to pass online piracy legislation that critics claim will damage the infrastructure of the internet and restrict free speech.
Originally posted by Ixtab
reply to post by flexy123
Yeah the last one was exactly that too, I dunno man, individual mods must have personal issues about it I guess. Basicaly though talking about file sharing is apparently illegal?, that was the rationale behind the last thread closure.
Last month, the U.S. threatened to blacklist trade with Spain if it didn't pass a SOPA-style law blocking file-sharing sites. A letter leaked from the U.S. ambassador to Spain's outgoing president detailed the threat, concerning Spain's so-called Sinde Law. The letter was published by the Spanish newspaper the El Pais.
The TorrentFreak blog reports: "More than 100 leaked cables showed that the US had helped draft new Spanish copyright legislation and had heavily influenced the decisions of both the government and opposition.
Now, another diplomatic leak has revealed how the U.S. voiced its anger towards outgoing President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last month upon realizing that his government was unlikely to pass the U.S.-drafted Sinde (site blocking) Law before leaving office."
US Ambassador Alan D. Solomont sent the letter December 12. In it he said that Spain's trade relationship with the U.S. could be "degraded" and potentially put on a "priority watch" of countries that the U.S. considers "the worst violators of global intellectual property rights," El Pais reports.
Those on that list are subject to serious trade sanctions.
Almost everyone in the tech industry thinks that SOPA is one of the worst ideas ever to spring from Congress, and that it would severely damage the Internet in the U.S. But that apparently isn't stopping the U.S. from exporting it.
Originally posted by Pervius
Spain doesn't have to be part of the Internet. They could have their own internet free from control of other nations.
The big question is why Spain (and other countries) would want to be part of the World Wide Web. There's no reason to really be part of it anymore.
Under the provisions of ACTA, copyright holders will be granted sweeping direct powers to demand ISPs remove material from the Internet on a whim. Whereas ISPs normally are only forced to remove content after a court order, all legal oversight will be abolished, a precedent that will apply globally, rendering the treaty worse in its potential scope for abuse than SOPA or PIPA.