Spain's Association of Internet Users (AI) has demanded that the culture ministry cancel a national campaign against P2P file-sharing and illegal downloads called "If you are legal, you're legal." The adjective 'legal' in Spanish can also mean 'okay' or 'good' when applied to a person.

According to an AI statement, the campaign "recklessly offers information that lacks all legal basis, with the exclusive aim of re-educating public opinion."

The campaign launched in late November on TV, radio and in the press. It shows people downloading, with comments from some who defend legal or paid downloads, and criticises those who download illegally, without paying. The campaign also specifically criticises P2P file-sharing.

Spain has long been recognised by the IFPI as one of the 10 countries with the highest levels of physical and now digital piracy - the only top 10 music market in that list. However, new figures to be published in January by labels' body Promusicae are expected to show a dramatic increase in legal downloads in 2008.

In a letter to culture minister César Antonio de Molina, AI insists the campaign must end to avoid "the manipulation of public opinion to the benefit of private interests." The letter claims that the campaign's advertising "includes information that is untrue, and therefore is contrary to the constitutional principle of freedom of information, with regards to intellectual property and the protection of authors' rights, according to current legislation."

AI bases its demand on the Law of Advertising and Institutional Communication, which prohibits the broadcasting of institutional messages contrary to Spanish constitutional principles. The campaign "offends people's dignity and violates values and rights recognised in the Constitution," says AI.