Italy moves forward with controversial online media rules

Italian authorities are finalising legislation that will extend broadcast regulations to online video sites.

The decree, which is expected to take effect later this month, will mean sites such as Google-owned YouTube will have to adhere to the same rules and regulations as traditional Italian broadcasters. These moves are some of the most far-reaching regulations regarding online video.

Websites will be forced to gain permission to host copyrighted videos and would also be required to obtain broadcast licenses from the Ministry of Communications.

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