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We had previously reported of the siezure by Italian courts of 27 websites as through such websites it was possible to download illegal copies of the movie A Monster in Paris. Now the court of Rome (Italy) held that the seizure of the website Rapidgator was not justified.The reasoning on which the court based its decision was that the seizure of the website (i.e. the blocking of the access to the website from Italian IP addresses through the filtering of domain names and DNS) was a disproportionate measure given that only one movie could be illegally downloaded. As a consequence, the order of seizure of the website was overturned and the access to the same has to be restored.This is an interesting decision as we...

How to regulate copyright on the Internet?You may recall that over 2 years ago the Italian Communications Authority was meant to approve regulations on the protection of copyright over the Internet resembling the US DMCA. However, at that time no action had been taken, but the chairman of the Italian competition authority has now sent a call-to-action notification to the Parliament that might have an impact on the future of copyright on the Internet in Italy.Interestingly the authority stressed the need to protect editors' works on the Internet also in the light of, among others, new tools such as social networks and news aggregators since the information generated by editors is exploited by third parties without that the former are able - according to...

The Italian Communications Authority has just launched a consultation on Internet services and online advertising with the purpose of collecting opinions on the future of the Internet from users and operators. The topics for which opinions can be submitted include:fixed and movable means for the accessing to the webs (e.g. smartphones and tablets);operation systems and browsers;search engines and social networks;information services on the web, online newspaper and radio and TV companies websites and blogs;distribution and payment platforms;online audience detection systems;intermediary online advertising platforms and additional collectors of online advertising.Opinions shall be submitted by the 1st of July 2013 via email, but can be also twitted using the hashtag #consultagcom.This might be an interesting opportunity for companies that want to bring the attention...

The Italian gambling authority, AAMS, published the data on the Italian online gaming market for the first quarter of 2013 which show a minor reduction of spending of 0.2% compared to the same period of 2012, but what looks very interesting is that almost 50% of the spending in the market is generated by casino games and cash poker games. And casino games and cash poker games are the sole games currently subject to a gross profit tax regime.   In particular, casino games saw a huge boost because of the launch of online slots in December 2012 with an increase of the spending of 84.7% which according to the AAMS report was due to the reduction of the Italian casino black...

After the recent conviction of a blogger, the Court of Rome (Italy) has now convicted to 9 months of imprisonment a Facebook page manager for the comments posted by its users because of the crime of "instigation and encouragement to commit crimes".The case related to a Facebook page against illegal billboards where users encouraged to take action against them. Because of such comments, a number of vandalism activities had taken place in Rome where over a hundred billboards had been spray blinded and such actions had given rise to a criminal claim against the manager of the Facebook page.As occurred in the previous case, the defendant had tried to allege that he had no control over the messages published but...