“plainwhitetoast recommends an article in La Repubblica.it — in Italian, Google translation here. According to Italian lawyer Andrea Monti, an expert on copyright and Internet law, the new Italian copyright law would authorize users to publish and freely share copyrighted music (p2p included). The new law, already approved by both legislative houses, indeed says that one is allowed to publish freely, through the Internet, free of charge, images and music at low resolution or “degraded,” for scientific or educational use, and only when such use is not for profit. As Monti says in the interview, those who wrote it didn’t realize that the word “degraded” is technical, with a very precise meaning, which includes MP3s, which are compressed with an algorithm that ensures a quality loss. The law will be effective after the appropriate decree of the ministry, and will probably have an impact on pending p2p judicial cases”
Colgo subito il lato ironico della cosa sottolineando che Slashdot ha, per l’occasione, inaugurato una nuova tag: “fortunatemistake” ed ha ignorato la replica di Mazza presente nello stesso articolo. A questo punto l’uscita del decreto ci sta a cuore quasi quanto la salute mentale di Britney Spears: chi sa divulghi. Coraggio, siamo ancora in tempo ad evitare la tag “Ennesimo pasticcio italiano” e “Pizza, copyright and mandolinos”.