In Spain, after pressure from the United States for its piracy record, anyone making money by linking to pirated material, will face jail sentences of up to 6 years.
At is the first time Spanish authorities have targeted owners of sites that just provide links to copyrighted material that is illegally distributed via other websites. Previously the law targeted just those who "reproduce, plagiarise, distribute or pass on" copyrighted material, while leaving those who provide the links immune from prosecution, a report in the Spanish newspaper El Pais said.
However, users of these link-sharing sites will not be targeted under the new law and search engines and peer-to-peer users will also be exempt.
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