"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."