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Italy accidentally legalizes some P2P music

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Feb 2008 16:57 User comments (17)

Italy accidentally legalizes some P2P music It seems that Italian parliament has inadvertently legalized some music sharing over P2P networks.
The new copyright law, which was passed by both houses of the parliament allows Italians to share all the music they want over the internet as long as it is "noncommercial" and the music is "degraded" in terms of quality.

The original piece, printed in the Italian newspaper la Republica quotes Italian copyright attorney Andrea Monti as saying that "whoever authored the law failed to take into account that the word 'degraded' has a 'very precise meaning'." Currently, music sold on all major legal alternatives is degraded, usually to 192kbps MP3 or 128kbps AAC. The new law means that Italian music fans will be able to share their music libraries over P2P networks as long as it is not lossless.

Despite the fact that the law limits such sharing to "educational or scientific" use, Monti feels it will make prosecuting P2P users more difficult.

If Italian lawmakers decide that the new law is not such a good idea they would have to go through all the process of passing another law. The current legislation cannot be altered "needing only publication in the Official Journal before becoming law."

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17 user comments

12.2.2008 17:14

Quello è divertente!

22.2.2008 17:23
SamNz
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haha well done italy

32.2.2008 22:27
david89
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good job Italy hope more countrys follow.

42.2.2008 22:27
david89
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good job Italy hope more countrys follow.

53.2.2008 4:32
nobrainer
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everything should be free for educational purposes, how the hell does a civilisation advance anyway(rhetorical question), by building on ideas and works that already exist obviously, but big media wants a piece of every pie just like the mafia protection racket.

big media really makes me sick to the gut with how the thwart society from advancement and i will never again purchase any new media, its all 2nd hand movies/games/music for me from now, hit these companies where it hurts.

63.2.2008 10:31

HEh. accidently Hahahaha, yes the pirate bay's new location Italy...

but i wonder how long this will last for italy. with the Nazi/Mafia/gestopo troops on there way riding on the politions backs with there lawyer servant polishing there golden toilets.

Time will tell all

73.2.2008 11:26

Wow, the Italians set yet another standard for the world to follow..
Go Italy!



83.2.2008 13:21

But if this is only limited to "non-commercial music", I guess that rules out everything released by a label or on CD´s.

93.2.2008 13:52

I get it so if I trade music i a non noncommercial setting I can share any music!

103.2.2008 18:57

So, hypothetically speaking, if I was having a debate with somebody whether The Beatles produced better music than Elvis, would sharing the music of either artist classify as “educational or scientific” for the purpose of a “debate?”

114.2.2008 0:43
drach
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all music is educational if you want to learn the lyrics.

127.2.2008 12:18
psplvanub
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except from eminem, 50 cent, and a 100 other rap artists.
took the wordsbright out of your mouth, didnt i, drach?

oh yea OMG FMAO LOL ITALY

1323.2.2008 17:17

Love your work Italy. Italian Opera music to my ears :)

1431.3.2008 5:03

In the words of the famous Charlie Crocker.
"Molto Bene pop"

151.4.2008 4:21

Quote:
oh yea OMG FMAO LOL ITALY
What the hell?

161.4.2008 16:07

Only the Italians!!! Viva la Italianos!!!


"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


171.4.2008 16:14

Quote:
oh yea OMG FMAO LOL ITALY

WTF?

Ahh, leave it to the Italians!


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