[JURIST] The National Assembly of Panama [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a controversial new copyright law [bill 510, PDF, in Spanish] that allows authorities to fine infringers without a trial or civil lawsuit. The bill would grant broad powers to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry [official website, in Spanish; press release, in Spanish] to impose fines of up to USD $100,000 [AP report] on individuals found to be in unlawful possession of copyrighted material. Critics of the...

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