About the reform of the Spanish Intellectual Property Law

By Jorge L. Salcedo

(New blog article by Mayo Fuster and Jorge L. Salcedo «De la Ley Sinde a la de Propiedad Intelectual: menos libertad en la red, ¿menor movilización?». At Interferencias – eldiario.es)

On February 14th 2014, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the draft Reform Act of the Intellectual Property Law, which the Parliament will be discussing in the coming months. Among the new elements of this draft reform is the so-called “Google tax ” to be paid by aggregators to news publishers; tougher penalties against violators of Intellectual Property Law; a greater supervision of the work done by management entities and a greater power for the so-called Intellectual Property Commission. There is no recognition of licenses other than copyright.

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Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’

“This is a new frontier and this frontier is expanding in quite an impressive way”, Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet) opened the roundtable discussion at the first public presentation of the P2Pvalue Project, which took place on the 22nd of January at the CCCB in Barcelona. P2Pvalue Project is a large project developed by a consortium of 6 institutions (University of Surrey, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Stichtung Peer to Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Università degli Studi di Milano),with more than 20 researchers, developers/hackers and commoners.

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