The Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Coalition of Content Creators and Industries and DigitalES, the employers’ association of telecommunications operators, signed an agreement this Thursday to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights on digital platforms and to prevent piracy of the content. The agreement was advanced this Wednesday by the cabinet led by José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.
This text is the result of the sessions of the Working Group held between the Internet access operators in Spain and the representatives of the holders of intellectual property rights, creators and content industries, as detailed by the Ministry. These meetings, convened by the General Directorate of Cultural Industries, Intellectual Property and Cooperation since March 2020, “have had the objective of fostering dialogue between both parties to achieve self-regulation in the medium and long term that contributes to promoting a legal digital offer of cultural content and reduce the infringement of intellectual property rights on the Internet “.
The agreement affects the six main telecommunications operators in Spain, Telefónica, Orange, Vodafone, MásMóvil, Euskaltel and Eurona. Víctor Calvo-Sotelo, general director of DigitalES, told RNE that it is a “relevant” agreement because it is the first time that a common protocol has been achieved in the sector to fight more agilely against piracy. Specifically, it is a protocol between these parties to “comply better and more agilely” with the legislation against “pirated websites and their mirror websites”.
The Ministry has highlighted that this is the first time that “a voluntary code of conduct has been achieved that formally self-regulates collaboration between the culture sector and the sector of Internet access operators, key in accessing the digital offer legal of cultural content and in the fight against piracy “.
The text, which has been reviewed and favorably considered by the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC), will be applicable to those websites whose infringing nature of intellectual property rights has been judicially declared, having adopted measures to interrupt the service access to the Internet, provided that certain conditions of repetition of illegal conduct are met.
In turn, the document proposes measures to minimize access to illegal websites and the constitution of a technical committee in which the Ministry of Culture and Sports may intervene at the invitation of either party.