It has been the setting for many a spaghetti western, but now Hollywood has warned that Spain could be facing high noon over its appalling record of movie piracy, with a future devoid of DVDs.
The unauthorised downloading of films from the internet is so rife, with film-makers complaining that a legal void makes people think movies are free, that Spain could become the first European country to be abandoned by Hollywood studios.
"People are downloading movies in such large quantities that Spain is on the brink of no longer being a viable home entertainment market for us," Michael Lynton, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, told the Los Angeles Times.
Sony's threat, which affects DVDs but not cinemas, would put Spain on a par with South Korea, which most studios have abandoned because of a similar free-for-all internet culture.
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