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Taxing and Policing the Web - the EU plan

The Daily Brute: Seriously sinister
If the stories here and here are true, they represent one of the most sinister and ugly threats to us all.

Thank you WONDERFUL European Community for allowing the Italian government even to attempt to tell me, an Englishman, what I can and cannot write on any blog while, in the meantime, planning to charge me for the pleasure, in other words to regulate me and thousands of others out of business.

As Beppe says:
Ricardo Franco Levi, Prodi’s right hand man , undersecretary to the President of the Council, has written the text to put a stopper in the mouth of the Internet. The draft law was approved by the Council of Ministers on 12 October. No Minister dissociated themselves from it. On gagging information, very quietly, these are all in agreement.

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, to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.


Well they can just fuck right off.

How the hell does anyone think this can be enforced? Is there some official Euro-definition of a 'blog'? If it's based on the use of Blogger or Wordpress templates, or some such, expect a rapid proliferation of home-made CMS software.

Actually, all they will have to do is strongarm the ISP's.

Usmanov nearly managed it, but the EU commission is a lot more powerful.

Enjoy freedom while you can, you haven't got long.

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