The Levi-Prodi law and the end of the Internet

October 24, 2007

I saw this at Slashdot | Italy Wants to Restrict Blogs:

Beppe Grillo’s Blog: The Levi-Prodi law and the end of the Internet
Ricardo Franco Levi, Prodi’s right hand man , undersecretary to the President of the Council, has written the text to put a stopper in the mouth of the Internet. The draft law
was approved by the Council of Ministers on 12 October. No Minister dissociated themselves from it. On gagging information, very quietly, these are all in agreement.
The Levi-Prodi law lays out
that anyone with a blog or a website has to register it with the ROC, a register of the Communications Authority, produce certificates, pay a tax, even if they provide information without any intention to make money.
Blogs are being born every second, anyone can start one without a problem and they can write their thoughts, publish photos and videos.
In fact, the route proposed by Levi limits access to the Internet.
What young person is going to submit to all these hoops to do a blog?
the Levi-Prodi law obliges anyone who has a website or a blog to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.
99% would close down.

It doesn’t bother me much because it is unworkable. On one level. But on another it will restrict people in schools and publicly funded institutions from using blogs in/on those environments. Everyone will have to come to canada to blog perhaps? 🙂

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