On February 3 2011 AGCOM, the communications regulator, issued a new regulation on the use of secondary rights acquired by media service providers. Article 44(5) of the Audiovisual Media Services Code acquires transmission rights for audiovisual content created by an independent producer, AGCOM must limit the period during which such secondary rights may be exploited.
The debate about copyright protection on the Internet has taken a new turn. The Court of Rome recently found that search engine Yahoo! Italia bore contributory liability for infringement of copyright in the award-winning Iranian film About Elly by illicit websites, which allowed the streaming or downloading and peer-to-peer sharing of the film without the… continua
In Decision 24361, which was issued on December 1 2010, the Labour Section of the Supreme Court stated that an employer may dismiss an employee for poor performance even if the employee in question has not committed a gross violation of his or her duty of diligence.
Strongly debated in the EU, the idea of Net Neutrality is now rapidly catching the attention of regulatory authorities and of the electronic communications operators in Italy.
In an ordinance of December 16 2010, which was filed with the Court of Milan on December 20 2010, a class actionbrought under Section 140bis of the Customer Code was declared admissible for the first time in Italy. However, this only means that the class action has passed the preliminary examination stage and avoided early… continua
In March 2010 the government approved a legislative decree to implement the EU Mediation Directive (2008/52/EC). Legislative Decree 28/2010 introduced a compulsory mediation stage for resolving civil and commercial disputes. The decree’s ambitious aim is to reduce the number of cases pending before the Italian courts and thereby cut the duration of a typical lawsuit… continua