CEDRO wins case against YouKioske

On 4 March 2015, the two owners of the Spain-based website YouKioske, which offered free links to around 17,000 online newspapers and magazines, were found guilty by a Spanish criminal court of breaching intellectual property legislation and belonging to a criminal organisation; they have each been jailed for six years.

The complete court decision, which can be appealed, can be found (in Spanish) here (attached).

The case against YouKioske was brought by the Spanish RRO in membership of IFRRO, CEDRO, and the Association of Spanish Newspaper Publishers, AEDE. IFRRO supported the litigation via the IFRRO Enforcement Fund (see: here).

In January 2015, the Spanish government introduced new intellectual property legislation; meanwhile, the Socialist Party has referred the legislation to the Spanish Constitutional Court.

Besides, an amendment of the Spanish Criminal Code is supposed to come into force before summer 2015. Among other changes, the new Code redefines several types of criminal behaviour against intellectual property rights adapting to the digital world, and increases related penalties.