Italy proposes a Ministry of Blogging with mandatory blog-licensing

Nick sez, "Famous Italian anti-government campaigner and blogger Beppe Grillo describes a proposed new Italian law which would force all bloggers to register, pay tax and be regulated by a government body."

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.


(Thanks, Nick!)