Italian Govt Upset with Switzerland for Not Criminalizing FileSharing

The recent decision of the Swiss government to endorse legislation according to which non-commercial filesharing is legal, considering that the so called illegal downloads are not at all hurting the industry as the latter claims they do, has generated a hostile reaction from the Italian govt.

The latter is notorious for the entertainment-industry-friendly law it has adopted (known as the three-strikes law) under which internet users accused of copyright infringement can have their connection suspended.

Italy’s response through Enzo Mazza, president of the country’s music industry group FIMI (Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana), the next day after the Switzerland’s announcement, was that of a child angry at another child’s toy:

“This is the country that hid the loot of history’s biggest criminals, and whose banks shield tax evaders. Now they protect Web thieves.”

The Swiss govt made the decision after consulting a federal study which reveals, among other things, that piracy does not cause the nation any relevant economic damage, affecting “only big foreign companies.”

According to the same study, although around 30 percent of Swiss citizens aged over 15 are in the habit of downloading copyrighted material, this does not influence their buying habits when it comes to entertainment (read: they don’t spend less because they download stuff for free).

Severe anti-piracy penalties similar to those applied by Italy have been also introduced by other countries such as France, countries that receive much disapproval by the aforementioned study which doubts the legitimacy of the three-strikes law.