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Was it right for the U.S. to threaten to put Spain on a trade blacklist for not passing a SOPA like copyright law? by crizCraig 3 years ago on January 6, 2012
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In a leaked letter sent to Spain’s outgoing President, the US ambassador to the country warned that as punishment for not passing a SOPA-style file-sharing site blocking law, Spain risked being put on a United States trade blacklist . Inclusion would have left Spain open to a range of “retaliatory options” but already the US was working with the incoming government to reach its goals.

torrentfreak.com/us-th...e-blocking-law-120105/
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crizCraig
3 years ago on January 6, 2012
Thanks wikileaks.
answered: No
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rongorongo
3 years ago on January 7, 2012
Playing devil's advocate, I do understand the US' side. Online piracy mainly involves American music, American movies, American videogames and American software, so it's American companies losing money.

I'm not saying they were right to do so, just saying I know where they're coming from.

Spain recently passed the law. I believe it says the government can close websites that contain pirated content, as long as they are making a profit from it (ads, etc.). On the other hand, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in favor of the creator of a popular P2P program, stating he's not responsible for what content is shared among users. The large music industry companies were suing him.
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ProfElwood
3 years ago on January 7, 2012
Making the world safe for corporatocracy.

We need to have more respect for other countries' sovereignty.
answered: No
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rongorongo
3 years ago on January 7, 2012
What if China begins copying patented American or European designs? Say they begin building exact replicas of Boeing or Airbus planes. What if some country starts manufacturing, distributing and selling products researched, design and patented by others?
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ProfElwood
3 years ago on January 7, 2012
@rongo(2)
Countries already have agreements to honor each others' patents. This was an attempt to force a new policy onto a friendly country, and one that wasn't really that well accepted here to boot.
answered: No
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