Just when they thought they were a step closer to halting
the sharing of music, Italy goes and screws things up. The Italian parliament passed a new copyright
law in both houses that would allow citizens to share noncommercial and
degraded music over the internet freely.
But alas, it turns out all music sold on most download sites is
degraded. MP3 and AAC files at 192kbps and 128kbps, respectively, fit in the downgraded
Though the law limits file sharing to “educational or
scientific” use, there will be more difficulty in prosecuting those who use it
for other purposes. The law adds a broad
definition of what is considered legal and illegal in this context.
Andrea Monte, who specialized in copyright law, states that
the legislature “does not know that MP3 fall within the concept of degraded
music”. Monte is one of the first
lawyers to be assigned to study the law at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage,
according to la Repubblica.
The current law, passed through the Chamber and Senate,
needs only to be published in the Official Journal before becoming a fully
fledged law. Because of this, the law is
no longer able to be edited. In order to
correct the mistakes of this legislation, parliament officials will have to
pass another law.
But for now, SIAE (Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori),
Italy’s RIAA counterpart, will have to deal with the situation, possible to
help mold a new law.