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Last month, the U.S. threatened to blacklist trade with Spain if it didn’t pass a SOPA-style law blocking file-sharing sites.A letter leaked from the U.S. ambassador to Spain’s outgoing president detailed the threat, concerning Spain’s so-called Sinde Law. The letter was published by the Spanish newspaper the El Pais.
“More than 100 leaked cables showed that the US had helped draft new Spanish copyright legislation and had heavily influenced the decisions of both the government and opposition. Now, another diplomatic leak has revealed how the U.S. voiced its anger towards outgoing President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last month upon realising that his government was unlikely to pass the U.S.-drafted Sinde (site blocking) Law before leaving office.”
US Ambassador Alan D. Solomont sent the letter December 12. In it he said that Spain’s trade relationship with the U.S. could be “degraded” and potentially put on a “priority watch” of countries that the U.S. considers “the worst violators of global intellectual property rights,” El Pais reports. Those on that list are subject to serious trade sanctions.
Almost everyone in the tech industry thinks that SOPA is one of the worst ideas ever to spring from Congress, and that it would severely damage the Internet in the U.S. But that apparently isn’t stopping the U.S. from exporting it.