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Spain waters down Internet piracy bill

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Spain waters down Internet piracy bill


Spain’s Socialist government has watered down parts of its anti-internet piracy bill to win opposition support.

The Conservative Popular Party and a Catalan nationalist group have agreed to back the bill when it goes to the Senate on February the 9th.

Culture Minister Ángeles González Sinde offered concessions on Monday that individual internet users will not be prosecuted for illegal downloads.

Under the revised text, only private companies can face prosecution if a judge finds there is enough evidence.

According to diplomatic cables released by the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks, the US government had lobbied Madrid hard to legislate for a crackdown on web piracy.

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