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Italy rules YouTube and other video sites are like TV stations, are liable for content

 
  2011-01-03 20:59:00
Strange policy changes are afoot in Italy, where the government's Communications Authority has just issued two resolutions that effectively turn YouTube and other video services into TV stations subject to stricter regulation -- and stricter liability for the content they host. Under the new rules, any site that exercises even the smallest amount of editorial control over its content will be considered an "audiovisual service," and have to pay additional taxes, take down videos within 48 hours if anyone complains of slander, and -- most oddly of all -- somehow refrain from broadcasting videos "unsuitable for children" at certain times of the day. (No, we have no idea how that works with an online video site.) Making matters worse, the new rules give creedence to the notion that video service providers are somehow directly responsible for what their users post to the site -- even if the only "editorial control" they exercise is automated and not overseen by actual humans. We'd expect it the new rules to be challenged in Italian court sometime soon, since they effectively make it impossible to run an online video service in the country, and seem to be in opposition to EU rules that protect internet service providers -- and we'll see if YouTube remains available to Italian IP addresses for very much longer. Oh, and if you're worried this sort of insanity will cross over to the US, you should chillax -- the laws you love to hate are on your side. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the DMCA provide "safe harbor" to internet service providers, making it extremely hard to go after them for the actions of their users. You might remember Section 512, actually -- it played a starring role in knocking down Viacom's lawsuit against Google and YouTube back in June. You, the DMCA and the CDA, all hanging out and watching YouTube together -- sounds like a lovely afternoon, doesn't it? [Thanks, Matthew]Italy rules YouTube and other video sites are like TV stations, are liable for content originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 15:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Geekosystem  |  La Repubblica  | Email this | Comments 
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Copts report Europe attack threat

 
  2011-01-03 20:16:21
Coptic churches in Europe reveal they have been threatened in the wake of the New Year's Day bomb attack in Egypt. 
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Nieuwe datingsite behandelt mannen als schoenen

 
  2011-01-03 19:00:00
De Franse datingsite Ladieshoesme.com laat vrouwen een date kiezen alsof hij een paar schoenen is. Tot grote ergernis van sommige feministen. De site is gebaseerd op het principe dat één p... Lees verder... 
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Mila en Macaulay uit elkaar

 
  2011-01-03 14:51:03
Na een relatie van zeven jaar hebben Mila Kunis en Macauley Culkin een einde gemaakt aan hun relatie. 
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Video: The Beauty of Pixar (aanrader)

 
  2010-12-30 08:52:01
Video-editor Leandro Copperfield is elf dagen bezig geweest met onderstaande video waarin 500 handgeslecteerde scenes zitten uit de elf avondvullende bioscoopfilms van Pixar Animation Studios. Copperfield heeft aan zijn video de titel The Beauty of Pixar meegegeven. Bekijk hieronder de video en geniet! Bekijk de trailer/video De lijst van de films die gebruikt zijn, mocht je ze niet herkennen: Toy Story (1995) A Bug’s Life (1998) Toy Story 2 (1999) Monsters, Inc. (2001) Finding Nemo (2003) The Incredibles (2004) Cars (2006) Ratatouille (2007) WALL-E (2008) Up (2009) Toy Story 3 (2010) Gebruikte muziek: “Intro” door The XX “La Vie En Rose” door Louis Armstrong “Down to Earth” door Peter Gabriel gebruikt in Wall-E. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” door Randy Newman gebruikt in Toy Story. 
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