Spain sets up anti-piracy body

Four separate ministries involved in work committee

MADRID -- Taking its fight against piracy to the next level, Spain has set up a work committee that pools the efforts of four different ministries to present new methods of combating intellectual property violations.

The inter-ministerial committee bridges culture, industry, interior and justice and is to focus its attention on the existing civil and penal codes to find ways to facilitate legal proceedings against those who illegally upload movies, music and videogames onto the Internet.

The committee, now considered an official body, is required to present a report on its findings to government's cabinet by the end of the year.

Spain is responsible for some 20% of worldwide illegal downloads on the Internet.