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Feb032008

Italy passes new copyright law allowing P2P Music

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 category.

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.

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P2P, Music, Music Sharing, MP3, Copyright, Law, Italy

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