Saturday, January 27, 2007

Italy: land of the free

File downloading, if not for profit, not illegal in Italy - franticindustries.
the high court of Italy ruled that downloading files - be it software, music, or movies - is not illegal if profit is not the motivation. The case in question was a lawsuit against two students who set up a p2p file-sharing network, and who were initially convinced to one year in prison. But the highest judicial institution in Italy overthrew the decision, and set the two students free. This is an important decision, because RIAA’s brainwash is lately succeeding in pushing the notion that p2p file sharing is a criminal activity per se.
Maybe I should go live in Italy, where they seem to take basic freedoms in the digital age more seriously.

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