Online copyright: new regulation for blocking infringing contents

On 12 December 2013, the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) approved a new regulation on online copyright enforcement, which will come into force on 31 March 2014. The adoption of the regulation was welcomed by industry associations but was also heavily criticised by other stakeholders as limiting the freedom of expression on the web.

The regulation establishes a condensed procedure that can be started by any copyright holder interested in obtaining the removal or the disabling of the access to infringing contents on the web. The whole regulation does neither apply to final users nor to infringements committed through P2P networks. Only those uploading an infringing content, managers of infringing websites or internet service providers might be targeted by the new procedure…

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