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The Italian parliament may have unwittingly legalized sharing music over P2P networks. A new copyright law, passed by both houses of parliament, would allow Italians to freely share music over the Internet as long as it was noncommercial and the music degraded.
Italian copyright attorney Andrea Monti told Italian paper la Repubblica (Google translation dug up on Slashdot) that whoever authored the law failed to take into account that the word "degraded" has a "very precise meaning." All music sold on the major music download sites is degraded, whether it's a 192kbps MP3 or 128kbps AAC file. Under the new law, music fans would be able to freely share their (not lossless) music libraries over P2P networks.
Originally posted by purplemonkey
hopefully never... you can get music freely off youtube anyway... why should the consumer fork over ridiculous amount for music and movies when the artists get payed tens of millions of dollars, which they usually just waste on BS.
as long as it was noncommercial and the music degraded.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Oh my. What a major boo-boo. How long do you think before they amend that?