On 15 December, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed the earlier ruling against Youkioske which was issued by the National Audience back in February 2016. The Supreme Court held that the Youkioske website gave illegal access to thousands of newspapers and magazines without the copyright holders authorisation. This was held to be a crime against intellectual property and the establishment of a criminal organisation as a result, the Court imposed imprisonment for those responsible for the Youkioske website. The decision highlights once again the importance of respecting intellectual property and authors’ and publishers’ rights in the virtual environment.
CEDRO, IFRRO's Spanish member, has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the legal procedure against Youkioske and hopes that the ruling, together with recent legislative changes, can contribute to a better respect of on-line intellectual property rights.