The Italian Senate yesterday approved the Decreto Urbani (Urbani Decree) on illegal file-sharing. In the Senate vote, the decree was supported by the parties in Silvio Berlusconi's government coalitio

The Italian Senate yesterday approved the Decreto Urbani (Urbani Decree) on illegal file-sharing.

The decree, named after its sponsor, culture minister Giuliano Urbani, was originally criticized by Italian industry body FIMI and anti-piracy body FPM for being too lenient on illegal music file-sharers, while being tougher on illegal file-sharers of film content.

A subsequent draft strengthened the measures against illegal music file-sharing and FIMI declared itself "satisfied" with the result. It is this draft which has been passed into law.

In the Senate vote, the decree was supported by the parties in Silvio Berlusconi's government coalition, while left-wing opposition parties either abstained or voted against it.

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

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