[Foundation-l] Blackout at Italian Wikipedia

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 15:43:26 UTC 2011

On 4 October 2011 14:12, Donaldo Papero <pap3rinik at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Here are the facts: the Italian parliament will discuss within few days –
> and most likely approve – a law which, among the other things, will
> introduce the duty, for every web site (included, and not limited to,
> Wikipedia) to publish amendments to previously published information.
> According to the proposal (
> http://www.senato.it/service/PDF/PDFServer/BGT/00484629.pdf), the required
> amendment cannot be modified, nor commented, and must be placed in article’s
> body, in the same format and with the same visibility of the allegedly
> defaming text.
> Moreover: the amendment must be published upon every request, without taking
> into account whether the information is true or not and whether references
> are available for it or not.

Does the proposed law say who is responsible for compliance? I would
be surprised if it was anyone other than the WMF. Legally speaking,
we're all just users of the website. We're responsible for our own
actions, of course, but not for anything else. I doubt Italian law
sees it any differently.

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