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Les vidéos sur Internet connaissent leurs dernières heures en Italie .
In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate. The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police.
Si le Conseil des ministres italien donne son feu vert, à partir de jeudi 4 février, plates-formes de partage de vidéos, web TV, blogs... devront obtenir une « licence » avant de diffuser des vidéos sur Internet.
The verdict, though subject to appeal, could have sweeping implications worldwide for Internet freedom: It suggests that Google is not simply a tool for its users, as it contends, but is effectively no different from any other media company, like newspapers or television, that provides content and could be regulated. The ruling further complicates the business environment for Google in Europe, where it faces a wave of antitrust complaints. And it comes shortly after Google threatened to withdraw from China, citing sophisticated attacks by hackers there and Chinese demands that it restrict information available to local users.
Sometimes I despair of Europe, even though I’m proud of what can be achieved here.