it All seemed ready and ironing to be processed the reform of the Law on Intellectual Property, on its way to the Senate, before the vote in the Culture Committee. But the PP has unleashed the storm this morning in the early hours of the morning to incorporate an amendment to article 159. And the rest has been prolonged in an unusual manner while it was being negotiated in the corridors. The PP has tried to deliver to the authors of “the wheel” from the top of the 20% and that only affects the publishers.
however, the final vote has been lying to the proposal thanks to the votes against the PSOE and we Can and, above all, the abstentions of CKD, PdCAT, PNV and Citizens. In this way, the benefits generated in the strip night are restricted by law. But it has not been easy: “We have been to a minute and three calls lose against the wheel”, say sources in the Congress who prefer not to give your name. Emilio del Rio, spokesman for the PP, has preferred to downplay the issue. The reform of the law on Intellectual Property has been approved with the support of all the parties, if either comes with years of delay.
Today it has become clear that the weight of spiritual culture is much more lightweight than the economic. “The requests have been very insistent by all stakeholders, because it is a struggle for power and money. We apasionamos much with these two things. So no hard feelings and good vibes,” said José Andrés Torres Mora (PSOE), in a speech conciliatory in that he has valued the unity of the four parties that have taken over the reins of the reform. “Democracy is resilient, but not invulnerable,” he adds.
The speakers have pointed to the efforts that have been made to improve the transparency of the entities of copyright management, in their internal democracy and in the Kralbet development of barriers against the “abuses and excesses”. No one mentioned, but all refer to the SGAE. You can already say: the Congress of Deputies, has played “the wheel” and the statutes of the society of management rights, largest in Spain will have to adapt to the norms that have been put in place today the deputies.
After years of delay, mps have managed to close a law battered and approved without the consensus of all groups when the PP had a majority. That reform was born in 2015, with the need for reform in a year and today, three years later, he has accomplished, but with the participation of the arc-democratic to the full. In the best of cases, the law will be active at the end of December. At worst, in early February, according to Ignacio Astarloa, a counsel in the Congress.
however, it is not an end point, because as it says Eduardo Maura (we Can) “you need to think of a law much more broad,” and adequate to the new technological needs of society. “We need comprehensive reform that we have not been able to run. We would like to advise of the need for a Law that clarifies and does not make any presumption of guilt,” explained the spokesman of Can in reference to his vote against the controversial article 195, which “advises us to reduce the role of the judge and not to reinforce it”.
This point, have found Citizens, PP and PSOE, has been one of the few that has broken the consensus, with the we Can against. For Marta Rivera de la Cruz, the proposed “anti-piracy expedite the removal of those offenders who try to take advantage of the slowness to engage in any copyright infringement that hurts the cultural industry”. The text of the reform says only require the authorization of the judge if you are a repeat offender in the crime.
The nerves have grown, especially on the PP. Emilio del Rio recalled the good work that he did Íñigo Méndez de Vigo. The sloppy José Ignacio Wert, in 2015, he forgot. In fact, he stated that “it has improved the original text”. “The culture is Spain Brand, so we have to protect those who make the culture. Is this the LPI. We have sought a balance between users and creators of culture,” he added.
the Other black point of the new law: article 71, which allows the record companies for the exploitation of musical authors during their working lives, and 80 years after his death to 50% of the profits of his works, will not be removed from the standard. PP and PSOE have voted against the proposal we Can. Striking has been the abstention of Marta Rivera de la Cruz (Citizens) on this point.