Internet Service Providers’ (“ISPs”) level of liability is closely related to the growth of the Internet and the possibility for users to upload content on the web that might be protected by IP rights. The question is whether and to what extent ISPs can be held liable for illegal content uploaded to websites or online platforms by users.
On 8 September 2016, Advocate General Bot released his opinion on the “Camera di Commercio Industria, Artigianato e Agricoltura di Lecce v. Salvatore Manni” c-398/15 (“Manni Case“). If confirmed by the European Court of Justice, the opinion will no doubt shed further light on the construction of the right to be forgotten.
On 12 September 2016, the Italian Deputy Chamber has begun the discussion of the Bill no. 3139 (“Bill“), aimed at contrasting cyber-bullying. This would impose significant duties on web-site operators (as defined within the same Bill). You can find here the text of the Bill and below a summary of its main contents.
Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation are possibly the most fascinating topics for those dealing with technology (and sourcing) matters. They raise a lot of interesting questions and scenarios. Even the few official legal documents about these subjects refer to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Pygmalion, Prague’s Golem – and the more obvious Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics (see the EU Parliament Draft Report with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics).
On July 26, 2016, the Italian Communications Authority (“AGCom“) launched a public consultation on the audiovisual media services (“AVMS“) relevant market (hereinafter, “Consultation“). The text of the Consultation (Annex A to Resolution no. 342/16/CONS) is available here. Operators may send to the AGCom their contribution papers, within September 24, 2016. Below you can find a list of the main topics of the Consultation.
On 18 July 2016, a bill (“Bill“) aimed at revising the currently-in-force regulatory framework on the ownership and sale of sports-related broadcasting rights has been assigned to the Commission of Culture of the Italian Deputy Chamber (Camera dei Deputati).