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[ NNSquad ] Italian court: Online editors not responsible for reader comments

Italian court: Online editors not responsible for reader comments

http://j.mp/tS009Q  (ITWorld)

  "Online commentators Wednesday welcomed a ruling by Italy's highest
   court that the editors of online publications cannot be held legally
   responsible for defamatory comments posted by their readers.
   The liberalizing effect of the court ruling contrasts with previous
   legal developments that have tended to curtail the freedom of the
   Internet in Italy.  In February 2010 three Google executives were
   sentenced to six-month suspended prison sentences for allowing a video
   showing the bullying of a handicapped child to be posted on the Google
   Video site.  And in September activists protested in Rome against a
   draft law that would have forced online publications to publish
   corrections within 48 hours or risk a 12,000 Euros (US$16,000) fine.
   The law was subsequently modified by parliament, but several
   commentators accused former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of trying
   to introduce a restrictive Internet regime in Italy to protect his
   political and business interests."

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