Govern­ment cam­paign to fight copy­right piracy

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News Staff Re­porter A THREE-month cam­paign to com­bat copy­right piracy has been launched by the govern­ment with the back­ing of both pub­lic and com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions. The cam­paign is also sup­ported by Spain's La Liga foot­ball league.

Par­tic­i­pants will carry ad­ver­tise­ments and dis­play posters free of charge to un­der­line the cen­tral slo­gan, No Pi­ra­tees Tu Vida (Don’t Steal Your Fu­ture).

They in­clude a wide range of busi­nesses, from broad­cast­ers such as Dis­ney and Dis­cov­ery chan­nels, Atres­me­dia, Me­di­apro and Spanish TV chan­nel RTVE to mo­bile phone providers Mo­vis­tar+, Or­ange, Voda­fone, and cin­e­mas, as well as rail in­fra­struc­ture group Adif.

Their co­op­er­a­tion means the cam­paign is be­ing staged with­out the use of pub­lic money.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cul­ture and Sport, copy­right piracy in­hibits growth in the cul­ture and sport sec­tors, which em­ploy pro­fes­sion­als such as au­thors, film­mak­ers, mu­si­cians or sport­ing fig­ures who strug­gle to make their work known so oth­ers can en­joy it.

The min­istry es­ti­mates around 545,000 peo­ple work in the cul­tural sec­tor alone, ac­count­ing for three per cent of Spain’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion. To this must be added those in the sports sec­tor and thou­sands of oth­ers who work in jobs that sup­port the film in­dus­try such as hair­dressers, makeup artists, trans­port and cater­ing work­ers and many more.

“With­out le­gal con­sump­tion which re­spects copy­right,” it warns, “th­ese jobs could dis­ap­pear.”

The cam­paign is aimed mainly at young peo­ple, re­mind­ing them that piracy in­fringes in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights.

As well as preven­tion, it also un­der­lines the le­gal mea­sures which have been re­in­forced in the last re­form of the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law, Civil Pro­ce­dure Law and the Crim­i­nal Code. News Staff Re­porter MORE than 88 per cent of 10 year olds in Spain use com­put­ers and ac­cess the in­ter­net, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Of­fice (INE). By the age of 14, nine out of 10 young­sters have their own mo­bile phone and by 15, over 99% are surf­ing the net.

The INE sur­vey con­firms that 83.4% of Spanish house­holds now have an in­ter­net con­nec­tion, com­pared with 81.9% a year ago. Over 99% of homes, or 13.5 mil­lion fam­i­lies, are con­nect­ing via broad­band and three-quar­ters of th­ese use a hand-held de­vice, such as a mo­bile phone.

Op­ti­cal fi­bre con­nec­tions now ac­count for 49.3% of the to­tal and have over­taken ADSL, which is used by 41.7%.

The fi­bre net­work has in­creased its user base by al­most 12% in the last year, with ADSL show­ing a cor­re­spond­ing de­crease of 6%.

Two-thirds of house­holds with no in­ter­net con­nec­tion say they do not need it, with the re­main­der cit­ing lack of knowl­edge on how to use it, and the high costs of equip­ment and con­nec­tion charges.

In terms of in­ter­net use, An­dalucía comes in slightly be­low the na­tional av­er­age, with 83.9% us­ing it in the last three months and 36% say­ing they have used the net to make a pur­chase in the same pe­riod.

The high­est rate of use is in Madrid, where 90% were on line and Navarra, where 48.7% had made pur­chases in the three- month pe­riod.

Min­is­ter Íñigo Mén­dez de Vigo at the cam­paign's launch in Madrid on Thurs­day

By the age of 14, nine out of 10 young­sters have their own mo­bile phone

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