by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 18th 2008 12:52am
With all the new laws being proposed to try to deal with people committing stupid crimes with the sole intention of getting "famous" on YouTube, it seems fair to ask if the laws themselves make sense. However, some seem to be taking such laws even further. Reader Dave writes in to point out that Italy appears to have outlawed deliberately getting yourself on TV. The law was targeted at a prankster who's made quite a career for himself disrupting TV newscasts in order to promote condoms. He's (amazingly) been able to do this 20,000 times. You can understand why this might be frustrating -- but you would also think there would be other laws to deal with this. Instead, this new law sounds very broadly written, as you could get arrested for it even if you appear on TV and are "silent and immobile." So, simply standing behind a TV reporter during a newscast could now put you in prison in Italy. Something doesn't seem right about that.
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