Italian Wikipedia in danger of being closed

Italian Wikipedia users have been greeted with an unfortunate surprise today. Upon visiting the website, a new message appears explaining that the Italian branch of the free encyclopedia may be coming to a close soon. That's assuming new wiretapping laws come into power, laws which administrators say threaten "the very pillars on which Wikipedia has been built".

In short, the law would allow anyone to make a complaint against any piece of information the user deems detrimental to their image. Within 48 hours, the website needs to have made the required corrections without any comment. Wikipedia points out that under the proposed law, whether or not the information is true is irrelevant. For a website trying to offer a free encyclopedia, this has caused some concerns.

Article 595 of the Italian Criminal Code, Wikipedia states, already deals with the issue of defamation. The community has a long standing tradition of taking votes before making decisions, but the statement says that "in the very rare instances it was not possible to reach a mutually satisfactory solution, the entire page has been removed." The statement includes extracts from the new law, as well as an extract from Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Italian branch currently has around 870,000 articles on it. While a far cry from the enormity of the English version, it still represents a sizeable chunk of the encyclopedia's total efforts. Losing all such data, as well as a community of contributors, would be a major loss for the overall site, as well as for the community's overall goal of collecting knowledge into a freely accessible database usable by all.

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Old, greedy, impotent and stupid politicians think they can control us. Well tough luck guys, your time has passed. Step aside and make place for younger generations.

what a stupid law??? but hey a law that totally benefits the general public...
what if i say that i don't like the image of a product sold online?

still1 said,
what a stupid law??? but hey a law that totally benefits the general public...
what if i say that i don't like the image of a product sold online?

I don't like ads.

GS:mac

still1 said,
what a stupid law??? but hey a law that totally benefits the general public...
what if i say that i don't like the image of a product sold online?

the law was crafted by berlusconi lawyers explicitly for hiding berlusconi's trobles, all the rest is collateral damage
i know that it sound strange, but information is almost controller by him so apart the people that get informations from the net almost nobody knows about this law and its consequencies
and i assurr you that its not even the worst

i'm italian and this is sad.
Anyway wikipedia it is not 'italian' wikipedia but wikipedia in italian.... It is not based in italy (from what i've wikipedia it server is based in the nederlands) so i don't think that law would be a problem for wikipedia

i'm italian and this is sad.
Anyway wikipedia it is not 'italian' wikipedia but wikipedia in italian.... It is not based in italy (from what i've wikipedia it server is based in the nederlands) so i don't think that law would be a problem for wikipedia

Heartripper said,
i'm italian and this is sad.
Anyway wikipedia it is not 'italian' wikipedia but wikipedia in italian.... It is not based in italy (from what i've wikipedia it server is based in the nederlands) so i don't think that law would be a problem for wikipedia

Could be that Italy will try to filter international traffic as well then...
Who knows what those crazyheads are going to do?!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Could be that Italy will try to filter international traffic as well then...
Who knows what those crazyheads are going to do?!

GS:mac


Wikipedia is going to shut down the Italian version of the site because of the possibility of lawsuits from the upcoming law that may be implemented in Italy. It's a pre-emptive move.

Glassed Silver said,

Could be that Italy will try to filter international traffic as well then...
Who knows what those crazyheads are going to do?!

GS:mac

Italy already filters some sites, so wikipedia should just let them do what they're going to do. Leave up the Italian wikipedia and let Italy decide to block it.

Wow, I'm seriously starting to hate Italy with all of their freakin' verbal respect laws. Italy claims to be a free nation, but it looks like Fascism's getting a second chance there after all. Their loss, really. Can't say I really give a crap about a country that's even thinking of establishing such rediculous laws...

Base it in another country, let everyone in either way. Problem?

Either way, Italy seems more and more like an anti-democratic country, it's just beyond ridiculous how Berlusconi can draw any serious voters (haha oh well... seemingly the Italians like him Well, good luck to you!)

Italy for vacations? F*** YES!
Italy for living there with all that mess? Holy cow, no.

Makes me sad to see a fellow EU country round the corner having such a messed up State...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Italy for vacations? F*** YES!
Italy for living there with all that mess? Holy cow, no.

I completely agree with you, but my problem is that currently I work in Italy !!!!!