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Spanish government sings victory in the fight against piracy

This is how we read it in TorrentFreak, in an article in which he briefly reviews the fight against piracy that has been going on in Spain for a few years.

Among the disclosed numbers we can see:

– 247 websites have removed the content protected by copyright denounced by the authorities. In total, an affirmative response was expected from 252 sites, so 98% have complied as desired. – 31 websites with pirated content have closed permanently. – 95% of the 444 complaints received by copyright owners have been Fixed. – 2 of the leading video streaming sites have closed: peliculaspepito.com and seriespepito.com – Among the 250 most visited sites in Spain (according to alexa), 30 were pirates, now there are only 13, and in much more positions lower than before.

There are many actions, many closings, many arrests … it is true that there are alternatives, but not everyone knows how to use them or knows them, so there is no doubt that the use of this type of website download (at least short term).

The question is … is it effective?

Remember that the goal is not to prevent people from having fun, the goal is to make people pay for the content they previously saw or heard for free. Is it being achieved ?, the Spaniards pay more now for the content ?.

According to the numbers released by Promusicae, music sales rose almost 11% in the first half of 2015 compared to 2014, but it is not specified if that is the result of the fight against piracy (which focuses more on movies and series) or due to the popularity of music streaming solutions like Spotify or Deezer.

In the world of cinema we do not have numbers that indicate if people are paying for content, and the reason is obvious: most of the time there is no option to pay for such content. Netflix will arrive in Spain shortly, but fans of the series will continue to feel the need to watch the latest episodes right after launch, and that is something that Netflix does not offer.