Hi all,

this is very interesting, because Spain has never been on the forefront of copyright law improvement. In Germany, we are facing a similar development, based on a private initiative. The so-called "Cultural Commons Collecting Society" [1]  was succesfully crowdfunded as an alternative to the existing and very intransparent GEMA, now waiting for final approval by the Federal Patent Office. In contrast to GEMA, it will facilitate the financial compensation of CC-licensed musical works.

Best, Jan

[1] https://www.c3s.cc/en/

2014-05-14 0:55 GMT+02:00 Yana Welinder <ywelinder@wikimedia.org>:
Hi all, 

There is a proposed copyright amendment in Spain that a reporter just flagged to us and which may be of interest to this group.[1] The proposed law would empower IP collection societies to collect compensation on behalf of authors from "electronic service providers that aggregate content" when they re-use "non-significant fragments of content" from other sites. The law does not define "electronic service providers that aggregate content" for the purpose of this provision.[2]

The language that is currently proposed does not allow authors to waive their right to compensation. Local scholars argue that this provision will allow the IP collection societies to collect compensation even for authors who chose to CC license their content.[3]


[1] http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/27/spain-google-tax-threatens-news-aggregators-sinde-law/
[2] http://derechoynormas.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/derecho-por-agregacion-de-contenidos-en.html 
[3] http://www.uoc.edu/portal/es/sala-de-premsa/actualitat/noticies/2014/noticia_051/ley_propiedad_intelectual.html 

Yana Welinder
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