Italy gets ready for ‘one Strike’ Anti-piracy Law

he Italian government is working on an anti-piracy law that has the possibility to ban Internet users from access subsequent to an alleged infringement.

ISPs will be needed to make use of filters in opposition to services that infringe copyright, patents or trademark under terms of the draft law. In July, the recommended changed to Italy’s  e-commerce directive had been drafted by members of parliament belonging to the Il Popolo della Libertà (PdL) party of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

All of the citizens might get disconnected from the Internet in case a provider has been notified of a claimed copyright, patent or rather trademark infringement on the Web.

ISPs is going to have to blacklist all of those citizens who are just being suspected of infringements, in addition providers may well be compelled to install filters in order to sniff out trademark, copyright or patent abuse, he further stated. Also, ISPs which don’t comply with the filter requirement have the possibility of being held liable under civil laws.

At this time, the draft is present with a parliamentary committee for its initial check.

Fulvio Sarzana
Studio Legale Roma Sarzana & Associati
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