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