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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