Public Prosecutor of Rome unilaterally orders ISPs to censor 46 sites

The Public Prosecutor of Rome has unilaterally ordered Italy's ISPs to censor 46 sites, and it appears the ISPs are complying, even though no complaint had been lodged against the sites, nor had any judge issued any order related to them. This doesn't bode well for the governance style of the new Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, a young politician who is trying to set himself apart from the autocratic Berlusconi regime, which used tight media control as part of its corrupt governance strategy.

The blocking will be carried out on the orders of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), a department under Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance tasked with dealing with financial crime, and will cover sites including mondotorrent, dopinatorrent, truepirates, filmxtutti, casacinema, and universfilms.

Interestingly, Sarzana adds that the case could have a novel twist, in that the police carried out the action on their own initiative.

“At present it seems that the action wasn’t carried out at the request of copyright owners associations,” the lawyer explains.

TF spoke with Enzo Mazzo of music industry group FIMI who confirmed that while there is yet no public announcement on the action, it was indeed carried out by the Fiscal Police from Rome with an order from the Public Prosecutor.

Italian Police Carry Out Largest Ever ‘Pirate’ Domain Crackdown [Andy/Torrentfreak]

(via Techdirt)

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  1. How Odd! A politician who purports to be different from the status quo turns out to be more of the same. So who could see something like that coming?

  2. Goodbye Web as a source of alternative views or anything upsetting to the status quo.
    That was the "irresponsible" and "Wild West" Web
    Web 2,0 is business-friendly, respects National Security without having to be asked. It's safe, sanitized and supports Responsible Speech.

  3. lucio says:

    You said "Matteo Renzi, a young politician who is trying to set himself apart from the autocratic Berlusconi regime, which used tight media control as part of its corrupt governance strategy". Are you ironic? Your affirmation looks really like Renzi supporters propaganda. Maybe in your recent trip in Florence, where Matteo Renzi ruled as mayor, your hosts misrepresented the history and features of this "young politician". Renzi, who has more then 15 years of experience in politics, has been frequently criticized for his strong relations and affinities with Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi loves him and Renzi rise to the chair of prime minister, without an election, is mainly due to the backing of Berlusconi with whom Renzi is planning plenty of "autocratic" reforms.

  4. It doesn't matter who you vote for, you always end up electing a politician.

  5. No, you can't (you can, but it's incorrect & looks stupid) say that it is censorship to take a gun from someone convicted of felony assault. Censoring is exclusive to media, mediums, like printed word, broadcast etc.

    & You can't take that gun without due process, demonstrably in your sentence the -convict-ion of the courts. You can't jail someone for fraud before convicting them of fraud in a court. This is just one of the reasons that censorship in this instance isn't comparable to violent crimes but I thought I'd point that out to you since you seem to think these things are equal in some way by your examples.

    I understand that taking out the middleman of due process is an expedient way to protect your masters business model, but it just won't do.

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