Italian Politician Tries To File Charges Against 4,609 YouTube Commenters
from the thin-skin,-much? dept
Boing Boing points us to a story coming out of Italy, concerning what appears to be a former politician with a… colorful past, Salvatore Cuffaro (he was apparently found guilty of helping the Mafia), who is upset about the comments on a YouTube video that involves himself, but which is from the early 90s. So, he’s “laid charges” against all 4,609 commenters (since then, many more have commented). I’m not familiar enough with the legal system of Italy to quite understand what these charges mean, but the link above comes from an Italian political party, Italia dei Valori, which apparently is considered “anti-corruption.” Apparently, that party is offering to cover the legal defense of any of the commenters who need the help. The translated text from Italia dei Valori isn’t entirely clear — and I’m not even sure what’s wrong with the video or the commenters, or what people are being charged with exactly — so please help fill in the blanks in the comments. However, any time you have a politician even threatening to sue thousands of YouTube commenters, you know something has gone wrong.
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Comments on “Italian Politician Tries To File Charges Against 4,609 YouTube Commenters”
Given his ties to the Mafia, I would think that this would be one time you truly WOULDN’T want to reveal anonymous commentors….
Hahaha yes. That.
Yeah that’s it.. he wants to SUE them….
Nice chilling effect DH.
I want to give you a video response that you can’t refuse.
“However, any time you have a politician even threatening to sue thousands of YouTube commenters, you know something has gone wrong.”
To the contrary, it means something has gone right.
I kind of agree. A YT video with thousands of comments means that something that needed to be shown was shown. And if someone is very, very upset, it probably was important enough.
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I do agree about the thousands of comments typically means people have a reason to speak up but also remember that YouTube has one of the largest gatherings of stupid people speaking out of their ass on the net.
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how many of those are outside of Italy?
Given the nature of the Internet and Youtube, I sort of have to wonder just how many of those people are even in Italy? I would be willing to bet that a fair number of them are not even in the country and therefore wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) fall under an Italian court’s jurisdiction for this issue. Not that that ever seems to stop these courts from issuing ridiculous judgements anyways.
It gets even more muddy if the video is hosted in the US and commented on by someone in the US. Bah!
I really hope this is one instance where Google refuses to roll over (like it seems to be doing a lot lately) and actually fights back on it.
Fish N Gritz
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Fish N Gritz
Was it the mention of YouTube or the Mafia that convinced you this was a good place to spam?
In some ways, I would love to see youtube commenters be brought into court.
If only because it means that someone, possibly a judge or a lawyer, would have to read a youtube comment out loud, in a courtroom. And I would pay to see that.
That would be fun agreed even better if they ever read any from Techdirt.
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I’ve never heard of this “Techdirt”. Is it some kind of new soil?
Talk about your tempest in a teapot…
First of all the reportage is incomplete, and the information is spotty at best, with most major issues unknown, so of course, there’s got to be every idiot on the web sounding off their opinions on something that hasn’t even been adequately presented in the first place. Glad they’re not still burning witches, sure wouldn’t take much to get someone burnt around here!
Patrick Kapty is a witch!! He turned me into a newt!!!!!!
“Patrick Kapty is a witch!! He turned me into a newt!!!!!!”
Build a bridge out of him!!!!
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Did you get bettah?