Spanish activists issue manifesto on the rights of Internet users


24 Responses to “Spanish activists issue manifesto on the rights of Internet users”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great article and very enlightening. Thanks for using my artwork (artmakesmesmile) from my flickr account and crediting me. I didn’t know about BB but I’ll be reading more in the future.

  2. artmakesmesmile says:

    Great article, very enlightening. I am glad my artwork was of use to you on this occasion. Didn’t know about BB but will be reading it in the future.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks from Spain.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really do need some kind of Magna Carta of copy law. And someone to tie to a tree and force to sign it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There was not, and never will be liberty of expression in Spain. It comes from a long ago time ; Do any of you remember the infamous “que inventen ellos!!”?
    As for the outcry about the new law, or amendment, you voted in the Socialist Party, and you didn’t think that all the Socialist governments through History have abolished the most basic rights of the citizens, as a first and basic step to remain in power?
    Good luck and bring the panderetas….

  6. AndyWalpole says:

    ¡No pasarán!


    It seems that in Spain, cheesy musicians have higher rights than the rest of the population. They are the new elite.
    If you buy any kind of data storage medium (CD, DVD, BR, flash cards, hard disk, pen drives, etc) you have yo pay a special tax that goes directly to the “Copyright Managers” of the SGAE, a union that claim the ownership of over 20 million items but denies access to the complete list of works under some Terms of Use that would put in shame some crazy EULA we have seeing here…

  8. Joe Baptista says:

    My thanks to the people of Spain for this revolution. It is time to apply the boot to ACTA and take back our civil rights world wide.

    kindest regards
    joe baptista

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for supporting the Manifesto from Spain.
    It has had an amazing amount hype in a very short period of time.
    It was created in Google wave by some of the main bloggers and jourinalists from our country in a few hours. I guess it takes longer to the politicians to write laws that limit our freedom.

  10. Anonymous says:

    thanks from spain too

  11. bohoe says:

    Brilliant document, great work.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is happening all over the world – the giant media conglomerates are winning. What this manifesto does is put in writing the counter-thinking that has emerged only recently – the basis of which is that the copyright law must be put in its rightful place, far below human rights and constitutional rights – citizens fundamental rights.

    That’s why there is so much hype about this document – it’s an idea whose time has come.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m spanish, I pay a tax for everything, for example If I buy a Printer, I pay because a someone think that I use to print a book, the same applies to cameras, etc…
    If I buy a camera is to take pictures of my life, friends, etc, then why must I pay a tax?

    This laws were promulgated ( sorry for my english isn’t good ), because the Industry is not getting more benefits.

    Now it’s more important to defend the rights of a few to all citizens

    • Dewi Morgan says:

      > “promulgated ( sorry for my english isn’t good )”

      You use a word like “promulgated” correctly, then apologise for your English? You shame most native English speakers :P

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for including the manifest in your website.

  15. Ariel Maidana says:

    This screenshot is from Barrapunto (the Spanish Slashdot a couple of days ago:

    The first headline is a “Pregunta a /” (Ask Barrapunto) and its from a Spanish guy who lives in China and wants to know how to bypass censorship by using a VPN.

    The second one is about the bill that would allow the government to take down websites.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I`m Spanich girl and I fell ashamed of this… i`m gonna tell ony a sentence….

    This will be like China, searching in internet “freedom” is forbidden.

  17. Anonymous says:

    We must stop this! WE MUST STOP THIS!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your comment Dewi.

    In my opinion, many European countries use the pressure of some lobby, in this case the music, to control the net.

    Maybe not like China, but something like.

  19. Anonymous says:

    As obnoxious as the mandatory media tax is, if that was all the industry asked for, they could probably get it almost everywhere. But nothing is enough for these people, so like Aesop’s dog, they will probably lose this ‘bone’ by greed.

    Trivia: In Canada it has been next to impossible to buy cd-r since dvd-r showed up, as for some bizarre reason the cd-r had the levy, but the dvd-r didn’t!

  20. Infophage says:

    The spanish government has not been neither able nor willing to resist the pressures. This law is a delayed payment in exchange for the support given by the Media Industry to the Socialist Party.

    Private copy and downloads have always been legal in Spain (in fact all media able to store and manipulate data are taxed to compensate the industry, hell even printers) nevertheless the Government has spent vast amounts of public funds sponsoring campaigns that negate this right.

    The most dangerous flaw in this law is taking the courts out of the equation and placing the power of negating access and taking down sites in the hands of the very people who will benefit from it. Add to this that there are no DMCA or Safe Harbor provisions in Spain and we’re just a step away from arbitrary digital censorship -there is no doubt that this power will be used to it’s last consequences.

    I guess the main problem is that we still hold the wrong conception that governments work for -and in the interest of- the people.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I completely agree with the manifesto. I think that the EP voted a directive, according to which authorities in European countries don’t have a right to stop internet to citizens without a fair trial. I’m not sure if it applies to net neutralities, but it should. Of course, we can all use proxies or similar services, but this isn’t the point. Everyone should be innocent untile proved guilty. This should be universal right and should stay above everything else.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thanks from Spain for your suport to manifiesto :-)

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