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    New York Times: Spanish Anti-Piracy Measure Under Fire

    The New York Times reports on a proposed anti-digital piracy measure in Spain.

    The government of Spain has proposed new measures to curb the digital piracy of music and movies, but the bill has upset people on both sides of the debate over file-sharing, with copyright owners calling it insufficient and Internet companies denouncing it as heavy-handed.

    The proposal, detailed this week, calls for the creation of a government-sponsored commission with the power to investigate and shut down Web sites accused of being a conduit for piracy.

    The bill stops short of a law recently approved in France, under which individuals who illegally download copyrighted material could lose their Internet connections. […]

    This week, music industry groups presented a petition signed by more than 2,500 musicians calling for stronger action against illegal copying, which is not a criminal offense in Spain.

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