Italy’s Internet Blocking Comes Of Age

Two years have now passed since the historic decision by the Italian government to begin blocking websites controlled by “unauthorised operators.” The Italian regulator AAMS believes results have vindicated its controversial decision while blocking has since been adopted by many other European jurisdictions.Initially 500 gaming-related sites - companies which did not have a licence to operate in Italy - at midnight on February 24, 2006 were ordered to be blocked by the AAMS, on the basis of the 2006 Finance Act (Article 1; sections 535 - 538), the equivalent of the UK’s Budget. The law sanctioned site-blocking by Internet Service Providers, who would be penalized with fines of between €30,000 and €180,000 if they did not prevent access to those sites identified by AAMS.  

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