Canadians are familiar with U.S. pressure on intellectual property laws, but it is worth remembering that we are not alone. The latest target is Spain, with new revelations of U.S. threats of retaliation if Spain did not pass U.S. backed copyright rules.
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The General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE), Spain’s performing rights organization (SOCAN equivalent), was raided late last week by anti-corruption police as part of an investigation into embezzlement and misappropriation.
The Canadian Press reports that Spain's ambassador to Canada has identified intellectual property rights as a key stumbling block to a Canada – EU Trade Agreement.
Bloomberg reports that the Advocate General Verica Trstenjak of the European Court of Justice has ruled that Spain's levy on blank CDs and DVDs may violate European law. The ruling is non-binding, but is typically followed by the ECJ.