A new decree adopted by the Italian Senate last week will introduce tougher penalties for illegal file-sharers. The Decreto Urbani (Urbani Decree) on illegal file-sharing, named after its sponsor--cul

MILAN--A new decree adopted by the Italian Senate last week will introduce tougher penalties for illegal file-sharers.

The Decreto Urbani (Urbani Decree) on illegal file-sharing, named after its sponsor--culture minister Giuliano Urbani--was initially making a distinction between film and music file sharing, introducing tougher penalties for film infringers.

Italian industry body FIMI and anti-piracy body FPM initially considered the decree too lenient on illegal music file-sharers and demanded changes in the original draft.

The text was redraft, and voted on, with a tougher stance on illegal file-sharing. FIMI declared itself "satisfied" with the result.

In a statement, Urbani said: "We have begun to adopt the anti-piracy measures of which there was a great need."