UNLAWFUL streaming of movies and television series is a serious problem in Spain, with almost 90 per cent of residents downloading online content doing so illegally according to studies.
In the latest attempt to combat internet piracy, religious leaders have waded into the debate, with the Episcopal Commission on Media and Communication (CEMCS) publishing a report on Tuesday May 3, which advises that watching illegal online content is a sin.
According to the report, which was drafted by a team of investigative bishops, online piracy breaks two of the Ten Commandments; Thou Shalt Not Steal, and Thou Shalt Not Covet.
The bishops are clearly movie buffs, since they appear particularly concerned about the adverse effects of illicit streams on the film industry.
“The spreading (of piracy) can damage the legitimate rights and interests of a vast number of professionals working in the film industry,” said the report, adding: “This activity puts in danger cultural expression and prevents the film industry from getting a fair reward.”
The clergymen also pointed out that commercial movies provide “great value” in terms of “spreading of culture,” and provide assistance in preaching the gospel and other religious activities.