Saturday, February 4, 2012

Italian Parliament stops national SOPA

Most people have not been even aware that also in Italy there have been lots of complaints against a proposed regulation with the same contents as the well known SOPA. In fact the same struggling scenario we have seen in the United States has been replicated here. On one side contents providers and on the other side ICT industry players plus "digital citizens"

Today in Italy there are only 2 entities that are allowed to force ISPs to block access to web contents:

1. Since January 2007 is active a procedural flow between Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni and ISPs to block the access to pedopornography websites

2. Another procedural flow is active since February 2006 between AAMS (Monopoli di Stato) and ISPs to block the access to illegal online game websites 

The proposed regulation wanted to force ISPs to block the access to web contents following a request from any interested person or entity. 

Finally, after a long path, two days ago one of the 2 parliament houses in Italy has cancelled this proposal.

But that is not the end of the story... 

In fact in the next days it is expected to be released a note from the Authority for the Communications that should establish economic and administrative sanctions against "copyright piracy"

What is SOPA - the internet blacklist bill

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