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The patent protection of computer software is a controversial issue that has been the subject of debate throughout Europe. This article outlines how software is protected under Spanish law and the differing opinions surrounding this issue.
European Directive 2001/29/EC relating to the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society came into force in 2001 with the aim of developing the information society in Europe. This update examines the impact that the directive is expected to have in Spain.
This update briefly describes some of the similarities and differences between Spanish and common law IP systems focusing on differences that occur in the treatment of the subject matter of copyright, economic rights and moral rights.
The European Council has adopted the directive on resale rights for the author of an original work of art. This update discusses which aspects of the directive are already present in Spanish IP law, and what changes will need to be made.
A new law has gone some way towards improving copyright regulation in the cinema and audiovisual sectors in Spain. However, this is only a step in the right direction and there are still many gaps in the laws governing copyright regulation in these areas.
The Spanish government has passed new regulations to curb widespread cybersquatting. This includes the regulation of using trademarks and company names as domain names, and the setting up of an independent registrar.