Wow. Simply wow. I guess it would make just as much sense to Google (Youtube) to simply back out of Italy just as they're considering doing with China (for other reasons obviously).
They certainly can't be expected to process every video manually and still maintain a profit and if a countrys legal system can be either that stupid, biased or corrupt to make a ruling such as this, then it would probably cost them more money to continue to operate there.
I wonder how the citizens of Italy would feel with no access to YouTube at all?
"Michael Geist points us to the rather surprising news"
Umm, hardly surprising when you neglected to mention the topic for the essay competition was in fact "Is it OK to download music, movies and games without paying?". Considering that ALL 80 entries were on the exact same topic it would be logical to assume that the winner would also be on that topic no?
Just have to say something don't you, no matter how retarded it is. A blip is an inconsequential amount. An amount that can be percieved to have little or no effect on the outcome or result. How do you conclude that what was written in the article inferred a blip to mean "almost no downloading of movies online"? Don't put stupid words into people mouths.
It's worth noting that, although a users account was effectively blocked upon reciept of said accusation, you could still access a page at Exetel that gave you the option of clicking a "deny accusation" button that gave your net access back almost immediately. Not ideal by any means, but I suspect it was designed to admonish the ISP of any responsibility.
Well after watching the first minute of both of those (that's seriously all I could bare) I can see that the General quite possibly did rip it off. He just couldn't remember all the original words I guess. Too much Agent Orange I suspect.