Spanish producers launch Web portal

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MADRID -- In a bid to facilitate the legal downloading of their products, Spanish producers on Tuesday announced the launch of an Internet portal that will offer a wide-ranging catalog of Spanish cinema.

The portal, Filmotech.com, offers users the opportunity to download the films in a "legal and safe way, with guaranteed quality," said Enrique Cerezo, president of the sponsoring organization, Spanish producers' rights management organization EGEDA.

The portal, which includes features, documentaries and animation, charges €1 ($1.34) for rentals and €5.80 ($7.74) for the sale of such library titles as Alejandro Amenabar's "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," Julio Medem's "Sex and Lucia" or classics like Luis Garcia Berlanga's "Welcome Mr. Marshall."

"It's gratifying that an initiative like this comes at such a complicated and critical time for the future of Spanish cinema," said Pedro Perez, president of the Federation of Spanish Producers.

Christopher Forax, spokesman for EC Commissioner for Information, Society and Media Viviane Reding, said the new project will create "an enormous opportunity to adapt to digital technology, which is going to change the film business."
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