A bill that sought to establish several copyright measures on the Internet was sunk on Wednesday in Colombia’s Senate.
The bill was introduced early last April by Minister of Interior and Justice German Vargas Lleras called the “anti-piracy law,” but it was later dubbed the “Lleras law” by Internet users.
The law would have established that if there were an author who felt his rights violated, he could file a complaint with the Internet service provider (ISP) that could then proceed to remove the material in question.
The complaint and the removal of the copyrighted material would have to have been taken care of within 72 hours, according to the rejected bill.
An appeal of the ISP’s decision could also be presented before a judge with written evidence stating that online content was removed without justification.
The bill was controversial as online users continue to express their desire to exploit peer-to-peer networks, online streaming, and pirated content such as television shows, movies and music for free.