Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports
(in translation, original here
) that the Italian Authority for Communications Guarantees has passed two resolutions on internet video and internet radio respectively, that classify YouTube
and other sites whose content is entirely user generated as television stations.
The reasoning is that if a site in any way
curates their user generated content, even with automatic algorithms, "this amounts to editorial control," and the site should be held to the same rules that apply to Italy's broadcast television stations. This would subject these sites to a small tax, would require them to take down videos within 48 hours of the request of anyone who feels they have been slandered, and to not broadcast videos unsuitable for children at certain times of day (whatever that would actually mean for a completely online service).
Most importantly, however, the new resolutions would make YouTube and other sites legally responsible for all of their content.