Showing posts with label copyright. Show all posts
Showing posts with label copyright. Show all posts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recent developments regarding online piracy regulation in Italy

At the beginning of February the Italian Editor Association (Associazione  Italiana Editori - AIE) communicated that 15.000 ebooks of a total of 19.000 were available in a pirate version including 17 of 25 best sellers. The AIE underlined the urgency to define a regulation to protect copyright in order to avoid that piracy force editors not to invest in the digital market anymore. 

As you can imagine it is not a simple coincidence that such warning came out 1 week after the Parliament stopped a regulation in this area (see article Italian parliament stops national SOPA). 

Like SOPA, the proposed regulation could allow the removal of digital contents based on a request coming from any interested subject (and not only a judge as today). That approach had caused a strong contrast of interests among content providers (book, music, movie) and ICT players, and huge pressures to the political parties from digital citizens, afraid that such regulation could limit internet freedom. Publishing those data regarding ebook privacy after a few days the proposed regulation was stopped, was a important message to other government bodies that were dealing with such topic, and first of all the Italian Authority for the Communication (AGCOM). In fact, at that time AGCOM was running public consultations that should lead to fix economic and administrative sanctions against copyright piracy. 

Anyway, almost surprisingly, a few days ago, during the presentation to the Parliament of the above results, AGCOM made also a step backward on this topic declaring that it was necessary a regulation from the government to attribute to the AGCOM the authority to male decisions in this area.

A definitive stop of the path to get a regulation for copyright protection ? Most people made this thought but today we can say it was not.

In fact today a journalist of La Stampa, a national press, has published in its website a draft copy of a Act prepared from the Government, as received from an anonymous source, that contains some important evidences:

- AGCOM, that is an administrative body nominated from politics, should receive the authority to block site access or remove specific contents

- Online users violating copyright could even be disconnected definitely from internet

- Articles coming from EU regulation actually establishing that ISPs cannot be considered guilty for the behavior of their customers should be cancelled

As you can see the AGCOM could get exactly what they asked to the Government as necessary to make a regulation specific for this delicate area. 

But now that these contents have become public, should we expect that the  final Act will be different ? Maybe that was the reason the anonymous source  made the document available to a journalist

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