View Full Version : PPRuNe is Illegal

27th Sep 2008, 09:58
To more specific, all blogs and websites like this are illegal. I wonder if Danny has an Italian licence....

Spectator: Blogs Are Illegal (http://www.spectator.co.uk/business/trading-floor/2178236/blogs-are-illegal.thtml)

Well, that's the lesson to be drawn from this little article (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/26/italian_law_kills_blog/).

Italy has a law on the books stating that newspapers must have a licence. That law has been extended (in one case so far, to be sure) to a blog. As it had a headline, thus it was a newspaper and as it didn't have a licence the proprietor was fined (and could have been jailed).

But that's Italy, right, nothing to do with us?

Ah, not so fast. It's a firm principle of English (and other Common Law jurisdictions) law that on the internet publication takes place in the browser of the reader. It's the same argument that leads to the viewing of child pornography being the creation of it. For before there was one version on the server and now there are two, one on the server and one in the browser. Thus it has been published.

Further, obviously a reader in Italy of this blog is thus publishing this blog in Italy. Yes, this point has also been tried, Dow Jones lost a case in Australia on exactly this point. And as we don't have an Italian licence, if this post is read in Italy I've just committed a criminal offence.

For super extra added bonus points, consider that if a warrant is issued for my arrest for this heinous crime, the British police are duty bound to deliver me up to the Italians without extradition hearings or even the presentation of any evidence under the European Arrest Warrant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Arrest_Warrant).

It really is an exciting world we live in, isn't it?

27th Sep 2008, 10:16
I wonder if Danny has an Italian licence....
Wouldn't it be more appropriate to ask if the owners of the site had the licence? :confused:

27th Sep 2008, 10:38
Ahhh, but I was using poetic licence..... ;)

27th Sep 2008, 11:41
And you do it so well, ORAC! :) ;) :cool:

27th Sep 2008, 11:55
Reminds me of me youf.

I'm part of a frowned on, subversive, popular group again.

Bring it on!!

27th Sep 2008, 13:37
So they say it's illegal.
What will they do - invade us like they did in 1941? Tell dem da pizza off.

Brian Abraham
27th Sep 2008, 13:39
Silly boy. Everything in life is illegal. :{

27th Sep 2008, 13:45
Sorry,BA - were you serious in linking 'legal' and 'Italy'?:)

27th Sep 2008, 15:24
Certainly it's illegal. It's addictive.

27th Sep 2008, 15:52
Everything that is not clearly illegal is otherwise 'prohibited' until I'm otherwise convinced by Yvette or Maria. By order, Herr otto Flick (of the Gestapo) :}

27th Sep 2008, 16:00
Anything as addictive and pleasurable as Pprune is bound to be illegal.

(As they always say, it's like licking whipped cream off a 15 year old virgin - it's illegal, it's immoral AND it makes you fat).

Lon More
27th Sep 2008, 16:29
Mads Dad - think I'll adopt that as my signature :ok: