Feb 092010
 February 9, 2010  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online

Philip Willan reports:

A trial is due to open in Rome Wednesday that pits a major antipiracy organization against Telecom Italia and the national Privacy Authority over who is responsible for policing the Internet.

FAPAV, the Audiovisual Antipiracy Federation, backed by the Italian Authors and Publishers’ Society (SIAE), is suing Telecom Italia for damages for failing to prevent its customers from illegally downloading copyright material from peer-to-peer Web sites.

In what promises to be a major clash over the regulation of the Internet, Telecom Italia, which denies responsibility for the online activities of its customers, is being supported in the case by the telecom operators’ association Asstel, by the Italian Association of Internet Providers (AIIP), and by the Privacy Authority.

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