The ecosystem for accessing TV series and films in Spain: An outline of the situation following the Intellectual property act 2015
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Carlos Aguilar-Paredes holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Barcelona (Spain). He is a lecturer in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Barcelona (Spain). His research focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods applied to the analysis of media content. He also works on active audiences. Lydia Sánchez-Gómez holds a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University (California, USA). She is an associate professor in the Department of
... tment of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her research focuses on communication theory, political communication, and the democratic quality of media. Abstract The widespread introduction of broadband Internet has transformed the traditional way of watching TV series and films. Beyond the legal services there is a widely established ecosystem that provides unauthorized access to copyrighted material; an ecosystem which, in Spain, represents a parallel channel on which to view content. We have analyzed the leading link provider websites in Spain over a period of one year, since enforcement on January 1, 2015 of the Revised Text of the Intellectual property act (Trlpi). Our analysis reveals how the ecosystem has been reorganized and its balance altered. However, in contrast to the objective of the measures proposed by the Trlpi, the new legislation has not led to a reduction in the size of the piracy ecosystem in Spain.