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When traditional media want copyright for themselves, but violate others' copyright

Mar 05, 2010, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

"Newspapers and, in general, all traditional media outlets ran as traditional businesses whine all the time that Internet and digital piracy are slowly killing them, through what is, in the best case, unfair competition. For this reason, such companies regularly ask for severe changes in copyright laws and for their strictest possible application.

"Too bad that they themselves tend to forget those rules when the copyright belongs to somebody else. Wanna see an example?

"On February 13th 2010 I wrote an article about the fight of an Italian entrepreneur against proprietary file formats in Public Administrations. In that article I tell the real story of a small businessman in Santo Stefano di Cadore, Belluno Province, Northern Italy, who is really unhappy because the local Chamber of Commerce releases documents in file formats that are officially not considered standards by the Italian Government and such practices may also force local citizens and businesses to buy expensive software from foreign companies that don't even pay the related taxes in Italy."

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