to peer-to-peer file sharing network illegal?
judge in Madrid has ordered the site DonkeyMania.com to be shut down by Tuesday,
the 5th of August 2003. The site did not contain any downloadable files itself,
only links to peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The links allowed users
to download copyright protected files.
The creators of the
page defended themselves, arguing that they did not distribute audio-visial
works, but simply organized information. It were the users that feed the online
forum with commentaries and links. They further said that they were not
contacted prior to the procedure. Nobody told them that some of the connected
pages or files were illicit. Spanish news source Kriptópolis spoke of an attack
against the freedom of expression in Spain. Javier Maestre, the lawyer for the
defense, said:"...It's the first time in Spain that the closing of a web
page has been ordered based on the links it contains. It's surprising that
they've declared the complete closure of a site for this motive, when the files
and linked pages have not been declared illegal."
August 5, 2003:
Rötzer, Florian, Spanische
Forumswebsite geschlossen, Telepolis:
"Wegen eines Links auf eine Download-Möglichkeit für eine
urheberrechtlich geschützte Datei im Beitrag eines Forumsteilnehmers
ordnete eine spanische Richterin die Schließung von Donkeymania an."
"Primera página web dedicada al P2P (Peer-to-peer, o intercambio de
archivos) que se cierra en España, consumándose la amenaza de una demanda
colectiva contra miles de usuarios, que pendía desde mediados de julio y
adelantándose al plazo previsto de septiembre."
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