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> The Italian government has just announced (16.30 CET, 05 October) that it will modify the proposed law to include only large online news websites and that all others (including blogs and Wikipedia entries) will be excluded. This is widely seen as a victory for the Wikipedia campaign.

Seems to me like exactly the outcome the initiators of the law desired. Make an obviously absurd first draft, "tone it down", get it passed and everybody's praising them for their moderation. Meanwhile, it's exactly the "large online news websites" that were targeted.

Indeed. I note that Jimmy Wales is not fooled:

I think it is a victory for Wikipedia, but remains a serious blow against press freedom in Italy.

AKA door-in-the-face. Standard psychological trick studied since at least the 1970s.

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