On 26 March, the Spanish National Assembly passed a comprehensive reform to the Penal Code. Among many other changes, the new law modifies certain aspects that could facilitate the prosecution of behaviours that violate intellectual property. Especially relevant are the ones related with online piracy.
The new code, which will enter in force on 1 July, 2015, has introduced major changes to its articles. The code reviews the sentencing regime and its application, adopts technical enhancements and introduces new offenses or adapts the penalties already existing in order to get a better response to the new forms of crime. These changes represent new legal tools for the protection of intellectual property and right holders’ interests.
If you wish to have further information on the Spanish Penal Code, please visit CEDRO’s blog (in Spanish).