The Spanish government has approved tough new legislation which could see websites deemed to be trading in pirated material blocked within ten days.
The legislation creates a government body with powers to force internet service providers to block sites.
The intellectual property commission will decide whether it wants to take action against an infringing site or the ISPs providing infrastructure to it, and the case will then be passed to a judge to rule on whether the site should be shut down.
The aim is to complete the process within 10 days.
The Spanish government said that the legislation was necessary to bring it in line with international crackdowns on piracy.
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