In the continuing war between greedy capitalist copyright organizations and the common user of the internet, Anonymous struck Spain today, targeting the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), the Ministry of Culture (MCU) and Productores de Música de España (Promusicae). SGAE was taken down before the raids were scheduled to begin, Promusicae is currently loading incredibly slowly and MCU is wholly offline.
Anonymous has issued the following statement:
“Paying the government for digital media is ridiculous. The artist who makes music wants to be paid. Music labels want their fair share for producing, watchdogs want their share and thanks to the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the government assumes an additional profit. The result is an extraordinary high price for music, or a minimal fee for the artist (the one that should be rewarded instead!). The SGAE has as slogan “Believe in culture”, while they restrict new creativity by preventing that creativity is shared. They lobbied this Canon Law, which states that suspected piracy websites can be taken down without a court order. This is a danger to freedom of speech, since any site can just be taken down with the excuse that intellectual property is hosted. The “Ministerio of Cultura” should get a message that their current course will only lead to more controversy and protest.”
Spanish television has also reported on the attack. (en Español)