The Levi-Prodi law and the end of the Internet

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Ricardo Franco Levi, Prodiís right hand man , undersecretary to the President of the Council, has written the text to put a stopper in the mouth of the Internet. The draft law was approved by the Council of Ministers on 12 October. No Minister dissociated themselves from it. On gagging information, very quietly, these are all in agreement.
The Levi-Prodi law lays out that anyone with a blog or a website has to register it with the ROC, a register of the Communications Authority, produce certificates, pay a tax, even if they provide information without any intention to make money.
Blogs are being born every second, anyone can start one without a problem and they can write their thoughts, publish photos and videos.
In fact, the route proposed by Levi limits access to the Internet.
What young person is going to submit to all these hoops to do a blog?
the Levi-Prodi law obliges anyone who has a website or a blog to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.
99% would close down.
The lucky 1% still surviving on the Internet according to the Levi-Prodi law would have to respond in the case of the lack of control on defamatory content in accordance with articles 57 and 57 bis of the penal code. Basically almost sure to be in prison.
The draft Levi-Prodi law has to be approved by Parliament. When Levi was asked what would happen to Beppe Grilloís blog, he replied with perfect Prodian-bottom-protecting words: ďItís not up to he government to establish that. Itíll be for the Communications Authority to indicate with regulations, which people and which companies will have to register. And the regulations will arrive only after the law has been discussed and approved by the Lower House.Ē
Prodi and Levi take cover behind Parliament and the Beppe Grillo Communications Authority, but itís them, and the Ministers who were present at the Council of Ministers who are responsible.
If the law gets passed, itíll be the end of the Internet in Italy.
My blog wonít close. If I have to, Iíll transfer lock stock, barrel and server to a democratic State.
PS. Anyone wishing to express their opinion to Ricardo Franco Levi can send an email to: levi_r@camera.it

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A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Posted by: cerca gratis | February 12, 2009 09:56 PM


Italians! Dissolve your government and form a new one!

Posted by: Marx, Richard | November 15, 2008 08:00 AM


I think this is a good thinking. Good work done by the government.
Have this law been approved?

Posted by: Rechtsanwalt | July 23, 2008 08:34 AM


.....before was Prodi....now Berlusconi! they are trying to make a dictature in Italy and they are really close to it.
I'm appealing to the world.......write on your newspaper and inside your blogs what's happening to us.......you could be next

Posted by: daniele fogli | July 2, 2008 05:07 PM


BEPPE VAI ED ENTRA IN PARLAMENTO CON LA TUA LISTA!
PERO NON LASCIARTI INFLUENZARE DAI NOTI COGLIONI!

Posted by: bagiu ovidio | April 10, 2008 08:58 AM


"Mi meraviglio che abbia rilasciato quelle assurde dischiarazioni su Saviano
riguardanti il voto di scambio. Si vergogni, Ť un giovane che sta pagando per tutti noi per la nostra cecitŗ. E' facile attaccare Tronchetti Provera o Tanzi; provi anche lei ad attaccare con nome e cognome la Camorra o la mafia o comunque la delinquenza organizzata e poi vediamo se continuerŗ a parlare nelle piazze. Lei che fa il paladino dei cittadini come si Ť
permesso di fare dell'ironia sulla vita che Saviano conduce e che lo avrebbe fatto invecchiare precocemente, probabilmente con quella vita lei sarebbe del tutto impazzito. "

Posted by: Piero Brotzu | April 3, 2008 02:15 PM


Has this law been approved finally ?

Posted by: Fi | April 1, 2008 11:04 PM


I completely agree with all that here is told

Posted by: Rapidshare | April 1, 2008 04:54 PM


every time i log on beppe grillo site my pc freeze.am i the only one to experience that?in uk?

Posted by: antonio verruto | March 10, 2008 02:32 PM


I thought G.W. Bush and the neo-conservative Republicans in my country (USA) were touching on becoming facists, but the individuals supporting the Levi-Prodi law are just behind Hitler and Musolinni.
What is so wrong with criticism; it might help give you some better understanding of your social and economic environment.

Posted by: Carl Zwerling | February 19, 2008 09:21 PM


I dont think that internet in danger, but i have fond some information about this problem on http://loadingvault.com, of course if you are using rapidshare premium account

Posted by: Frank Salman | January 23, 2008 01:19 PM


everybody abroad! away from Italy! My site? in France... or Spain... England ... Germany, etc

Posted by: diego dimattia | January 11, 2008 01:06 AM


I am not familiar with the full text of the proposed law, however, I do tend to think that generally two types of restrictive regulations exist; Outright opressive ones - the ones that are meant to globally cut you off (like chinese net censorship), which "mean business" for everybody all the time - and "regulatory" opressive ones - the ones that are supposed to be there "out of necessity" - many times unenforceable, but vague enough to be applied whenever desired, never meant for the public at large but as a convenient tool against any single individual becoming too uncomfortable. This law looks to me like the second variety. These days it's unfashionable to openly opress crowds (this side of the chinese wall, anyway), the point is being able to prosecute anyone anytime at will. "Surgicle" is the word of the day... :(
Someone mentioned that this kind of liberty restriction would be unthinkable in US, for instance. Is that really so? Or would a couple of conveniently timed terrorist acts be all that it would take to work...? The ways of crowd control haven't changed that much in the last few millenia, I'm afraid.

PS.: Since anonymous posting is prohibited, and since I do consider my name quite personal data, the "Providing personal data is optional and there is no consequence if you do not provide it" below is a heap of bull. Do you agree? It is EXACTLY the kind of data that makes laws like this viable, isn't it?

Posted by: Attila Asztalos | November 21, 2007 12:38 PM


Politicians call it putting their toe in the water
they try in Italy first to see the reaction.
Then it will cover every part of the marxist super state.
It kinda ties in with the racism bill.
Just more gag on our mouths to stop all dissent.
To hell with them!

Posted by: veronica | November 15, 2007 07:07 PM


Welcome to China....berrrr....uhmm...to Italy

Posted by: Camilo Rojas | November 6, 2007 03:35 PM


Gee, are Italians passive enough to allow something like this outrageous law to pass?

Posted by: S. White | October 27, 2007 02:31 AM


How does this jive with the EU charter of human rights?
It states clearly that all have the right to freedom of thought and speech.
This law will be tossed in the garbage by the EU, the Italian government must have some balls to try and spring this crap on folks.
I suppose that they will then extend this law to MySpace Facebook and all the other blogging social network sites. If the Italian public do not rise up and cause a stink about this loss of basic expressive freedoms, then they do not deserve to have them.
If this kind of nonsense was attempted in North America it would be political suicide.
Alastair, previously described these dolts as "pox doctor's clerks" I can think of no better similitude that describes them better.

Posted by: Bill Day | October 26, 2007 01:06 PM


it has reached this stage surreptitiously. this information better go viral; the dangers too evident. time to wake up, now! Italians have demonstrated in the past a penchant for ganging up against an oppressive government; it has to happen all over again folks, it's inevitable

Posted by: Jose Luis (Luigi) Cirelli | October 26, 2007 05:26 AM


This seems so stupid, that it's almost unbelievable. However politicians are involved. And politicians seem to become less and less intelligent the longer that they are in office.

I think that once the word gets out that the uproar will defeat it. I hope so. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Good luck.

Posted by: Wayne Borean | October 26, 2007 05:06 AM


Whoah... maybe Italian government got this idea from the Burmese Military Junta. Hope that the bill won't pass.

Posted by: Arya Nasoetion | October 26, 2007 01:56 AM


Thanks to you, I made an article in french.
I can't believe that such a thing could exist...
"What a wonderful world" is now a dream...

Posted by: meuced | October 25, 2007 10:47 PM


Dear Mr. Grillo,
if you like, you are welcome in Greece. Here, how I found out...Internet and many other things work in a democratically way.....you can not imagine how many Italian laws make me feel sorry to be Italian in here....and Greece is a country continously talking about its need to get better.

Posted by: Romana Turina | October 25, 2007 09:06 PM


@Michael Olshansky: "Why so many people hate America and liberty is beyond me."

It sounds to me that you are a tad bit confused.

I truly doubt that "so many people" truly hate America. Nor do I believe that they hate liberty.

Quite the opposite, I am certain that "so many people" might hate the US administration, i.e. not "America" nor "americans", and the current one in particular. Why? I take it from the link you offered that you are a libertarian and then a good choice to pick up some info would be Ron Paul's take on US foreign affairs for the last 50 years or so.

Regarding hating liberty I suggest you read up on the definition of that word and in particular read up on the the other meanings of it while focusing on the differences of positive freedom and negative freedom. That will put you in a better position to rephrase your question...or not at all ask it.

Cheers!

/Thomas Tvivlaren
Member of the Swedish Pirate Party

Posted by: Thomas Tvivlaren | October 25, 2007 11:49 AM


This time I have to disagree with Mr. Grillo.

I am italian, and I ve read the document (the 20 pages long pdf file) and I'd like to express my opinions:

if you read through the document, you see how often the document obsessively repeat
"... the goal of the present proposal is to foster and encourage pluralism...":
Now... you could say that if you want to encourage pluralism, then why to emit such a law in the very first place ? Why It is required to register a blog-site with the ROC ? But given that the law doesnt explain in details which kind of sites should be registered, in a (possible) scenario where you could be sued in a court, you could have always two big arguments:
1st: you did not know that your kind of blog belongs to the class of informations that has to be registered with the ROC...
2nd: if you would be sued, it would be pretty difficult to prove that REMOVING another voice (yours) is something that "enriches and fosters" pluralism... I mean: shutting mouths off is not enriching pluralism, is it ?

Sorry for the bad english
Alex

Posted by: Alessandro Ogheri | October 25, 2007 10:51 AM


CUCKOLD MASTELLA
The first son of italian minister of justice CLEMENTE MASTELLA, named Pellegrino Mastella, was betrayed by his wife Alessia Camilleri while she was spending her holidays in August 2007 on the boat of Mastella's friend Diego Della Valle, famous as patch-shoes seller. Alessia Camilleri, wife of Pellegrino Mastella, was fucked by the son of Diego Della Valle on his own boat when Pellegrino Mastella was still in the Ministry of Production in Rome where he works as useless and very salary-earner clerk.
Alessia Camilleri had moved off some days before with her parents-in-law, Clemente Mastella and his mature mistress Sandra Lonardo. All three sailed from Capri and went to Eolian Islands on the barge of the patch-shoes maker Diego Della Valle.
Some days later, Pellegrino Mastella also reached his tribe at Lipari. When he arrived there, he found his wife Alessia Camilleri totally naked on the boat with Della Valle's son and he understood that they had copulated without his knowledge while he was in Rome.
After this surprise, Pellegrino Mastella decided to divorce at once while his father, mafia's boss Don Clemente, tried to not let be known this horny story in the italian reportings.
So Don Clemente Mastella from Ceppaloni decided to block italian media about the knowledge of his cuckold son Pellegrino Mastella.
Clemente Mastella, as cuckold-himself, is now trying to block all web sites of the most clever italian people because they could let known through all the world this great cuckold misadventure of his son Pellegrino which - at now - is still nearly unknown in Italy.
At the moment Alessia Camilleri has leaved the house where she was living with the son of "fat" Clemente Mastella in Rome and she went to live with patch-shoes maker Della Valle's son in another northern italian city.
Now we all know why mafious hack Clemente Mastella is attempting to introduce a new bad law in Italy to limit peoples' freedom of expression.

Posted by: Tonino Onegro | October 25, 2007 12:41 AM


It's an interesting idea the Italian parliament has and it will be even more interesting to see how they intend to police it. What, for example, will define 'the blog'. If it is a website which is updated in a running fashion over time, then Italians will no longer have access to any news site. If it is primarily based on opinion rather than 'news' then they will have to start blocking the OpEd pages of the New York Times, The Guardian, etc.

I love funny laws that have absolutely no chance of working!

Posted by: A Channelle | October 24, 2007 11:30 PM


We welcome Italy to the Brave New World. Of course this will do nothing to filter spam in blogs which will continue to break the law as before. Unfortunately.

Posted by: Jon d'Oe | October 24, 2007 09:58 PM


You have my fullest suport and I have sent Mr Levi the following.

So you are so shy and sensitive that you can't face criticism. As a citizen of the EU I feel obliged to express the view that you and your "colegues" are very similar to the 18th centurt pox doctors that infested our respective countries. Do you recognise yourself in this picture? It is from Hogarthís Marriage a la Mode (The Inspection - No.3), you are on the left.

Faced with a desperate client seeking a cure for what at the time was incurable the pox doctor bleeds them dry of funds and then pretending to provide a cure, poisons them.

I have no hesitation in casting you as the doctor and the rest of your Party as Pox Doctors Clerks, their task being to sing the praises of their principle and make the electorate pay before they are allowed to consult him.

You should be deeply ashamed at your unprincipled attempt to silence Bloggers on the Internet. I for one will offer them safe haven against people such as yourself who seem determined to turn Europeans of all nationalities against the EU.

Alistair Watson

Posted by: Alistair Watson | October 24, 2007 07:43 PM


Just curious: how come is the Italian Government going to monitor the blog creation at foreign servers and services? Will they sue Blogger or Typepad for instance for letting italians to create and mantain blogs under a terms of service subject to American Law and not registering or paying any tax to the Italian government?

Posted by: Gonzalo MartŪn | October 24, 2007 06:57 PM


This is the same ideology that the United Nations espouses.

Take a look at this Neal Boortz's blog post from 2005 and scroll down to "YOUR INTERNET IS IN DANGER"

http://boortz.com/nuze/200510/10072005.html

The UN wants control of the Internet so they can regulate speech and tax the world for it. Why so many people hate America and liberty is beyond me.


Posted by: Michael Olshansky | October 24, 2007 03:58 PM


I agree, these proposals are outrageous.
The Italian Government should be ashamed of itself.

Posted by: Michael Milsom | October 24, 2007 03:00 PM


I don't know if I should cry or laugh when reading about this issue and the politics in Italy.

If the US political arena has become the laughing stock of the globe the Italian political arena serves to be the same but for Europe.

Please, keep reporting on this subject and similar idiotic and anti-democratic issues!

Cheers!
/Thomas Tvivlaren
Member of the Swedish Pirate Party

Posted by: Thomas Tvivlaren | October 24, 2007 10:49 AM


If this becomes true, it means a blow against italian democracy.

Posted by: Markus Heller | October 23, 2007 10:14 PM


The problem with Italy is that, generally, is composed of three big ideology: the catholic, the communist and the fascist. Even if these 3 forces look very different, they have all in common the ferocious hate against everyone thinking different from them.
Posted by: Giovanni Dekaro

Levi is a jewish name. So this bloke Levi is a jewish fascist! I didn think they were allowed to have tattoos, eat pig or be fascists? What a c*nt he is!

Posted by: Levi Hitler | October 23, 2007 08:37 AM


Isn't this government guy doing the same thing as this blog? You say you will prevent anything "offensive" or "racist" or "sexist." In practice, this means, "Things I disagree with." Isn't that correct?

Posted by: Robert Reagan | October 22, 2007 08:42 PM


It seems that in both the Old World and the New World, the powerful are getting increasingly annoyed with freedom of speech. I wonder how long it will be before some Democrat in the US House or Senate copy this idea. They've been working very hard for at least two years to find ways to shut down anyone who speaks out against them, especially those with loud voices.

Posted by: Steve Miller | October 22, 2007 06:58 PM


Guillaume
Isn't it funny that the new Kristallnacht will be provoked by a guy named Levi?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 22, 2007 02:11 PM


What mr. Levi is trying to do isn't new. It has been done before. Many times in fact.

And each time it failed.

History is filled with examples of books being burned, writers being prosecuted and newspapers being banned.

But not a single book was ever lost because copies of it were burned. And not a single idea was lost because its writer was prosecuted. And newspapers? They simply hid their presses and went underground.

In fact: the only thing those laws that sought to limit the freedom of speech ever accomplished was to intensify the call for it.

I don't envy mr. Levi. History isn't going to remember his name in a positive way.

Posted by: Guillaume Janssen | October 22, 2007 10:59 AM


This proposed law clashes with democracy's principles.
It's only a low blow to whoever wants to express his opinion.
Mr' Levi could find a good job in countries like North Corea, China and Burma with a lot of financial support from Yahoo.

One more chance for Italy to look like a totalitarian regime in front of the world, let alone looking ridicolous.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 22, 2007 12:42 AM


This is the letter I sent to the NY Ties and the LA Times:


Truth is life and seeking it is mandatory for a healthy evolution of mankind.

I am an Italian citizen who is very passionate about ethics and human rights. I recently learned of a new draft of law that was silently being approved in my country by every single member of parliament on October 12th and declared that, if passed as a bill of law, it would put a firm leash on the Internet by requiring ANY blogger to be registered with the government and pay a tax, even for hobby blogs that have no commercial purpose whatsoever -yes, my 15 year old niece would have to be a professional journalist to blog about her sweet sixteen party.

It is my opinion that all this sprung from the constant criticism the Italian political class has been under in recent years.

Bloggers like Beppe Grillo and serious journalists like Marco Travaglio, who constantly expose some of them for what they are, have been asking them to leave for the sake of the Italian people who don't want to be represented by selfish and corrupted individuals anymore.
Last September the 8th in almost every town in our country people took to the streets and signed a petition to change the law with regard to the criminal records of those who govern us and are supposed to lead by example.
This petition proposed that any MP who has been found guilty of corruption in a court of law would be prevented from representing the people he once stole from while in office. Quite fair I believe. Last year we learned that the number of such individuals still sitting in Parliament was greater than in any other democratic country in the industrialized world. It doesn't have to be that way. It is not healthy for our children to see us accept this situation. We instinctively know it is not right and no one has to explain us why.

The petition has been a success, but in order to curb this cleansing wave of honesty that the Italians seem to be experiencing, these politicians are now making laws to prevent any change that would undermine their prestige.

I thought I was born in a democratic state where freedom of thought and speech were unalienable rights of a human being, but now following examples we all heard of Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam bloggers in exile, here comes the modern Roman Empire of convenient truths.

Posted by: Ilaria Meloni | October 21, 2007 02:18 PM


The problem with Italy is that, generally, is composed of three big ideology: the catholic, the communist and the fascist. Even if these 3 forces look very different, they have all in common the ferocious hate against everyone thinking different from them. Even if today they talk of "democracy" and "free speech" for everyone, their real, maybe unconscious, desire is to send any "different" voice to burn on fire, or to a gulag or a concentration camp.

Posted by: Giovanni Dekaro | October 21, 2007 01:02 PM


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