Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is going to lecture at the Italian Parliament in Rome on 11th March starting at 3pm (free entry with ID, but limited seats available, so the earlier the better. Pls email me so I can send the official invitation to print and bring with you).
Gianfranco Fini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, is going to introduce Lessig’s lecture in the framework of a debate entitled “Internet è libertà” (Internet is freedom) organised by Capitale Digitale, in cooperation with Creative Commons and Nexa Center for Internet and Society in Turin.
A panel debate will follow the lecture with, among the others, Paolo Romani, vice Minister of Communication in the Berlusconi’s government, who gave the name to the controversial Romani decree.
“The law, which bears the signature of Paolo Romani, vice minister of communications for the Berlusconi government, calls for measures that would allow government control of audiovisual content on the web”, as the European Journalism Centre reports.
“In particular, the decree would force anyone wanting to upload videos to the Internet – be they single users or professional publishers – to seek a licence from the Ministry of Communication. Individual users, private citizens, would when uploading videos be equated under the new law with a television station… with all the legal obligations implied”.
In such a difficult time for Italian democracy and with all the controversies raised in the past few days (not only on new Internet and audiovisual law projects but also on the regional elections), this debate is much more than needed and we’ll see where it will end up.