The Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) has launched a public consultation aimed at setting new regulations on the protection of copyright on electronic communications networks that include both Internet and television networks. The document attached to the public consultation notice sets out the guidelines of the regulations that AGCOM is willing to issue and addresses specific questions to operators interested in joining (within 60 days) the consultation.
The consultation is relevant for ISPs as AGCOM's guidelines refer to the adoption of a "notice and take down" system modelled on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and based on the following 5 steps:
- notice of the copyright owner to the ISP/provider of audiovisual contents;
- in case of lack of removal of the contents, notice to AGCOM;
- investigation on the dispute by AGCOM together with the parties;
- adoption of order by AGCOM; and
- monitoring of the compliance with the order and issuing of sanctions in case of lack of compliance.
Do you want to know more on the above? Do you want to join the consultation? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio.