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Head of Spanish Cinema Academy resigns over Sinde law

Wed 26th Jan 2011

Alex de la Iglesia, a renowned film director and president of the Spanish Cinema Academy has announced his resignantion following the agreement between the government and the opposition Party to reform of the so-called "Sinde law," which will give Spanish courts the power to shut down websites offering illegal downloads of films and music.

"It would have been better to start from zero," De la Iglesia commented after learning of the sinde law agreement. "It is a very unpopular law. To foster confrontation between creators and the internet is a grave error. I have been trying to reach a consensus for months, and the politicians have not heard us. This Sinde law is not the solution."

The bill is now due to be presented to the Senate later this week for consideration as part of the Sustainable Economy Law.

The PP wanted guarantees that the courts, not the government, would hold ultimate control with regards to implementing the Sinde law and shutting down websites that promote illegal downloads of movies, television programs and music.

The creator of the controversial Sinde law, Culture Minister Ángeles González-Sinde, after whom the law is named, said she hoped the director would "reconsider his resignation."

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