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Blogging licences!

[Hat tip: Tim Worstall at the Business]

Apparently, a law has been put forward in Italy that would require anyone running a blog or a website to register with the Communications Authority, obtain certificates and pay a tax.

Should this be succesfully introduced there, I wonder how long it will be before someone proposes it for the entire EU?

Mind you, at the “Hat Tip” link above, Tim Worstall suggests the introduction of such a law might just back fire…

If this actually happens I can tell you what will come next though. It’s not all that tough to write a script that will generate a blog for you, nor would it be to get another to fill in the relevant forms. The office doing the registration will be inundated with applications, millions upon millions of them. If this goes through then I think the Italian State is going to find out about Slashdot and what a few tens of thousands of enraged geeks can do to you.

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