Project Gutenberg Blocked By ISPs in Italy #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen





Project Gutenberg is the world’s oldest digital library. It has been blocked by ISPs in Italy under the orders of the Court of Rome. The platform, which focuses on public domain books, appears to have been erroneously labeled a pirate site in an action targeting 28 domains and several Telegram channels.  The site has been rendered inaccessible by ISPs in Italy under the instructions of the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Rome.


The seizure/blocking notice states that all of the targeted domains “distributed, transmitted and disseminated in pdf format, magazines, newspapers and books (property protected by copyright) after having illegally acquired numerous computer files with their content, communicating them to the public, [and] entering them into a system of communication networks.”


The order from the Court of Rome was also sent to Google, a copy of which was acquired by TorrentFreak from the Lumen Database. The sender was Reccia Giovanni who is listed as a commander with the  Guardia di Finanza,(GdF) the Italian police unit tasked with financial crimes. is 15th on the list of allegedly infringing sites.  According to its transparency report, Google has received requests to have 1,110 URLs from deleted from its search results. The company took “no action” for 85.9% and marked the remaining 14.1% as duplicate requests, for which it also did nothing.


Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 includes 62,000 books  with a focus on titles that entered the public domain after their copyrights expired.  Everything from Project Gutenberg is completely without cost to readers  in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries. It is best for readers to check copyright terms of their countries before downloading or redistributing their eBooks. They also have a number of copyrighted titles, for which the copyright holder has given permission for unlimited non-commercial worldwide use.  Project Gutenberg eBooks require no special apps to read, just the regular Web browsers or eBook readers that are included with computers and mobile devices


The website is:  The block it’s not anything on the servers or associated infrastructure and is applied by the Italian authorities, perhaps only in Rome.  Project Gutenberg operates wholly from the United States.


Try the search field for Genealogy and for Jewish but not Jewish Genealogy

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



xan madera

hi ,this page ist blocked from germany:
jan braunholz - frankurt/m

David Lewin works in England


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