"What are we permitted to post legally on the Internet?
Who is responsible for the content of materials posted on Web
sites? Two recent legal cases have highlighted the ongoing battles
over control of information being posted on the Internet.
"In Italy, the government of neo-Fascist Silvio Berlusconi, the
media magnate who detests the very idea of having anyone else in
control of any news media, has drafted legislation to impose
government examination of all videos before they can be uploaded to
the Web. In a related case, an Italian judge convicted Google
executives of violating a child's privacy rights because someone
posted an abusive video on Google Video and Google staff didn't
remove it fast enough to suit the judge.
"In contrast, in Iceland, the Wikileaks organization, devoted to
open publication of information about government malfeasance, is
receiving support from legislators."
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