9 March 2010
A proposed law on digital piracy submitted to the Italian Parliament earlier this year could have serious impact on freedom of expression online.
The law, which bears the signature of Paolo Romani, vice minister of communications for the Berlusconi government, calls for measures that would allow government control of audiovisual content on the web.
In particular, the decree would force anyone wanting to upload videos to the Internet – be they single users or professional publishers – to seek a licence from the Ministry of Communication. Individual users, private citizens, would when uploading videos be equated under the new law with a television station... with all the legal obligations implied