The recently created group of four Spanish collecting societies, Ibercrea, has applauded the decision by the parliamentary culture commission to approve unanimously all the conclusions reached last week by the sub-commission on intellectual property.

The sub-commission wants a reform of the 1987 Intellectual Property Law (LPI) to adapt it to the current reality of Internet-driven cultural sectors, and the resulting problems of controlling online piracy and the unauthorized downloading of content.

All parliamentary groups supported the proposed reform of the LPI, but the sub-commission rejected the proposal by two parties - the left-wing Catalan Republican party and the center-right UPyD - to incorporate their votes calling for the withdrawal of separate anti-download legislation proposed in a future Sustainable Economy Law.

The main proposal by the sub-commission is for a reform of the two-year old "digital canon," a tax placed on any device capable of recording documents, music or film subject to authors' rights.

The tax was introduced at the demand of collecting societies to compensate authors for possible illegal copying, but deputies want the measure reformed so that it does not fall entirely onto the shoulders of all consumers.

The conclusions that the sub-commission will carry to the government include calls for more "efficiency and transparency" by collecting societies. They also refer to the relevance of new types of licenses, such as Copyleft, that allow works to be freely shared in the public domain.

In a document, Ibercrea stresses that the cultural commission's support of the sub-commission includes the backing of "the system of collective rights management," at a time when "certain interest groups and other institutions such as the National Competition Commission" have questioned the system's efficiency and adjustment to the market.