Before the great tenor starts planning Madonna’s 60th birthday bash at the White House in his new representational role as copyright policeman of the universe, the distinguished newspaper El Pais has rather cheekily pointed out that his own country, Spain, is riddled with copyright piracy.

Apparently, the copyright agency there was raided by police and its directors arrested. Musicians and other rights owners have ceased receiving royalty payments. Chaos prevails. Here’s the report (in English).

The first thing Placido Domingo should do is put his own country to rights and make sure that the creative rain falls in the right places in Spain.