Spain: Suspected Video Pirates are Acquitted

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Managers of Spain’s biggest free streaming websites acquitted of piracy

June 22, 2019

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Source: AFP/The Local

“A Spanish judge has ruled that hugely popular video streaming sites, and ‘only posted links to other websites but didn’t actually upload any copyrighted video content’.

“One association of audiovisual producers had estimated the damages they caused to rights holders at more than 500 million euros ($565 million) and prosecutors had sought a two-year jail sentence against the four defendants, as well as fines and compensation.”

See the entire article at The Local (Spain)

Why it matters: Since pirate devices and services rely on embedded hyperlinks to relay pirated content to end users, some pirates may see this decision as permission to steal.

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