Mandatory blog-licensing in Italy?

A distinct possibility, according to popular Italian blogger and political activist Beppe Grillo.

Ricardo Franco Levi, a confidante of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, authored a draft law which would mandate all bloggers to register their blogs, pay taxes and submit to government regulation. Italy’s Council of Ministers approved the draft on 12 October.

Writes Grillo:

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.

Besides China, is this happening, or being proposed, anywhere else? 

Via boingboing

Goethe 2 (Friday 13th of Jul 2007), Villa Borghese, Rome, originally uploaded by pirano.

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  1. Michael M. says

    How in the world could they ever enforce this? People will just open an anonymous blog on servers located outside of Italy. They could go after people but I can’t think of a more gigantic and stupid waste of time and money…

    Crazy.

  2. pirano says

    Yeah, there is an obvious enforcement problem… Maybe just shows the ignorance the Council of Ministers has with the medium? Can’t imagine it’ll pass in the parliament.

  3. La psicologia says

    After bloggers’ reaction some important italian Ministers such as Antonio di Pietro and Paolo Gentiloni declared that they will oppose to this law.

    Hopefully the document is going to be modified soon, or even canceled.

  4. drfilomena says

    Surely, you jest?

    Then again, Italy *is* the world record holder in tax evasion. Why not add another unpaid tax to the lot, right?

  5. pirano says

    Apparently, some are having a change of heart (see comment above yours I just rescued from my spam filter — Thanks La psicologia!).

  6. Marco Italy says

    In Italy, we are very proud of our bureaucracy. It’s part of our Italian heritage; back in the 13th century, Dante already mentioned it as hell: ‘Abandon hope all who enter here’. We like crooked towers, exuberant politicians and many other aberrations. Let’s impose rules and regulations on blogs, so that blog traffic can be as flawless as our road traffic!

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    Hey from Toronto, Canada

    Just a quick hello from as I’m new to the board. I’ve seen some interesting comments so far.

    To be honest I’m new to forums and computers in general 🙂

    Mike

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