TorrentFreak reports that a coalition of file-sharing sites will go offline to protest a new law in Spain. The sites, TorrentFreak says generate 70 percent of Spain’s Internet traffic, will display a black page warning if the "Sinde Act" is approved. Some site owners say that their sites could disappear forever if the law is passed. Earlier this month, leaked diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks showed that Spain had bowed to US pressure to introduce the new law.
Under pressure from United States officials, the Spanish Government proposed new legislation to close loopholes and provide new anti-file sharing powers to law enforcement. The Sustainable Economy Law (LES) is likely to be approved in Spain today. The legislation, also known as the Sinde Act (named of its sponsor – Minister of Culture Ángeles González-Sinde) creates a Commission on Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Culture which will have the power to deal with copyright infringement complaints against websites. This commission would have the power to block sites or take them offline.
The law is expected to pass today and could be implemented as soon as February of next year.
The list of sites involved in the protest include Cinetube, DivxTotal, Mydescarga, Peliculasyonkis, Series Danko, Seriespepito, Seriesyonkis, and SuBTorrents – according to TorrentFreak.