Posted by: euromediablog | January 22, 2010

Web-TV Overregulation in Italy

Just before Christmas, the Italian Government under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, issued a bill supposed to adapt the European AVMS Directive into Italian law. Shortly after, rigourous discussions followed. The reason for them was  the bill’s intention to oblige all internet streaming and IPTV services that update their contents daily, to apply for a license from Italy’s regulation Authority AGCOM (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni).

Most experts criticise  the proposed measure for being too restrictive on online services and evaluate it as a form of pre-censorship. Moreover, they accuse Prime Minister Berlusconi of conflict of interests, since his Mediaset does not hide its appetite for the italian internet television market.

For further information: heise online


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