Hactivistas protest brutal Spanish copyright law with flood of complaints

Spain's brutal new copyright/censorship law, passed at the behest of the US Trade Rep, has gone into effect. Spanish hactivists working with a recording artist have flooded the service with copyright complaints, busying it out so that none of the major labels' complaints can be processed.

Threatened with being put on a United States trade blacklist, the Government passed the so-called ‘Sinde Law’ in a rush late last year. The law allows for the blocking of allegedly infringing sites based on reports from copyright holders, a position similar to that proposed by the US SOPA bill.

Today the Sinde law went into effect and immediately it was met with resistance from opponents. The group Hackivistas was quick to organize a rather unique form of protest. They encouraged sites to link to a copyrighted track from the artist Eme Navarro, who’s a member of the music rights group SGAE, but critical of the Sinde law.

While Navarro generally publishes his music under a Creative Commons license, he created an “all rights reserved” track specifically for the protest. Thanks to the hacktivist campaign hundreds of websites are now linking to this copyrighted song without permission, and Navarro reported a first batch of sites to the Ministry of Culture early this morning.

As a result, the commission tasked with reviewing all the requests will be overloaded with complaints. All the reported sites have to be processed on order of arrival, so the protest will significantly slow down this review process.

Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law


  1. This should work until the copyright cartel hands them a handful of cash and asks for a special speed pass lane that lets them jump to the top.

  2. I take that this  Eme Navarro will not mind at all if people start ignoring the Creative Commons license he has chosen for his other works then, and instead reuse and share them as if they were in the public domain?

    Or is it so that only creators who chose to license their works using a license that “we” like deserve to have the license respected?

    1. I expect this law to block Google and every other search engine, they all have links to possibly infringing files.

      Once again the Copyright Cartel has used their money and influence to get laws that allow them to abdicate their responsibility to protect their copyrights.  They mere have to suggest it is infringing and expect it to be blocked, this has been done time and time again in different parts of the world and it ends up being used simply for censorship.

      These citizens are standing up for their rights to not have the USA decide law in their country, you are maybe not familiar with the US Government seizing a perfectly legal, under the laws of Spain, and then pretending it was perfectly ok for the US to apply their law to another country.
      The courts found against the seizure and STILL refused to return the domain to the owners.

      The copyright cartel keeps pushing demanding more draconian laws when it has been made very clear it is their own failure to adapt their business models that is the main driving force for “piracy”.  They are determined to treat the world as disconnected and needed “windows” so they can try to get more money.  They are annoying consumers who are looking for ways to get the content they would pay for… if only it was available.  They treat consumers like scum to be ignored, pursuing “pirates” and the dreams of lost money because someone might have downloaded a file.  They do not consider some people might listen/watch and decide it was crap and delete it.  They do not consider people might want to hear more than a 30 second snippet to decide a song is worth their money.

      So I am glad they are flooding this office with reports, a law was imposed not for the benefit of Spain but because the US demanded it on behalf of their corporate sponsors.  I am guessing that Navarro now has many more fans in Spain because of the support for trying to stop this stupid law.

    2. False dichotomy much? 

      Opposition to the creation of super-special extrajudicial punishment-on-complaint mechanisms has comparatively little to do with your position on copyright law and rather more to do with your position on rule of law.

      The contemporary fad for treating the copyrights of major entertainment conglomerates as being just too sacred and special for nonsense like ‘due process’ is incidentally related to copyright, in that it is the self-interest of certain large copyright holders, rather than some other special interest group, that has shaped it and its accompanying legislation; but opposition to it can stem from having a non-maximalist position on copyrights and/or a position on the importance of rule of law.

      Given his use of CC licenses, I’d imagine that Navarro is not of the maximalist school; but we have no reason to suspect that he opposes all of the existing protections enjoyed by copyright holders…

      Your statement is about as sensible, and nearly as inflammatory in its smarmy last line, as “I take it that opponents of the death penalty wouldn’t mind being killed by axe murderers then, amirite?”

  3. can I just say:  I love the internet!
    Yo amo el internet!  probably conjugated the verb wrong, but still.

    1.  You conjugated it right!

      Just don`t say “el internet”, in Spain most people just says “internet”, or if you are a moron or an humorist “los interneses”.

  4. Hmmm…

    I wonder if the blocking is by domain name or IP

    Let’s just say that, with a little algorithmic assistance, one could create rather a few infringing IPv6 addressed sites at comparatively low cost…

  5. Haven’t the supposed difficulties, latency, and expenses of individual attention (much less judicial attention) involved in handling copyright infringement claims been one of the factors which copyright maximalists claim in support of the argument that copyright infringement claims should be handled in a shoot first, question later approach?

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