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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Online copyright regulation to be adopted in Italy (definitely maybe)
A few days ago this Blogreportedon the uncertain fate of the online
copyright regulation the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) has been
trying to adopt over the last year and a half.
Last week's hearing of AGCOM President
Corrado Calabrò before two commissions of the Italian Senate has left many
copyright owners pretty disappointed, in that it seemed that the AGCOM would not adopt any regulation in the immediate future.
Now the scenario appears to have changed.
AGCOM may be keen to issue its online copyright regulation before its
members are replaced next May.
In a letter sent to Italian newspaperCorriere della Seralast Saturday, as well as during
another hearing at the Senate this morning, Calabrò made itclearthat AGCOM has not given up the idea of
going ahead with its regulation.
However, the Communication Authority is
said to be waiting for Mario Monti's Government to say whether AGCOM is
actually competent to adopt a general copyright regulation. A member of the Government and former President of the Italian Competition AuthorityAntonio Catricalà is apparently working on this. What is needed is an
interpretation of AGCOM's powers to this end, as resulting from:
(1) Article 6of Legislative Decree No 44, 15 March 2010
(by which Italy implementedDirective 2007/65/EC-- the so called Audiovisual Media
(2)Article 182-bisof the Italian Copyright Act (Law No 633,
22 April 1941); and