The slow march of Spanish anti-piracy legislation resumed today (Sept. 24) when the broad-ranging Sustainable Economy Law (LES) passed its first parliamentary test in the Congress lower house.

The law was approved by a margin of just seven votes (176 for and 169 against). The LES covers many areas such as education, transport, renewable energies and housing, as well as intellectual property and the Internet.

This was the LES's first parliamentary examination, some 16 months after first being presented by the government. It will go go to the upper house Senate, before returning to the Congress for approval.

Unlike British and French anti-piracy legislation, the Spanish proposal would focus its attention not on users who download illegally, but on the web sites that offer users links to protected content. The first complaint would go to Spain's High Court, which would then decide whether there was a legal reason for passing on information about the offending web site to the Intellectual Property Commission (CPI), which would have the power to close sites down.