La traduzione in Italiano è disponibile nel blog di Guglielmo Troiano .
Aduc, an Italian Consumers association, has served on Microsoft Italia (the local branch of Microsoft Corp) a class action complaining that the company consistently refuses to reimburse users the price of ubiquitous windows licenses, bundled with OEM (Original Equipement Manufacturers) computers. I am part of a much larger legal team that has produced it and I can briefly illustrate what it is about.
Italy has adopted a regulation (Art. 140 bis of the Italian Consumers Code) that allows consumers individually (not consumers associations, which is strange) to file class actions, through ordinary proceedings, open to be joined at a later time. A class action is a case which is arguably identical to a class of users and which is likely to protect the interest of this class. Unfortunately, the Italian version has been adopted with very odd provisions that limit the effectiveness of it, as one can read in this document by Aduc (in Italian).
Articolo a firma mia e della Dottoressa Fabia Piccolino sulle licenze OEM, pubblicata su Interlex, a commento della sentenza del Giudice di Pace di Firenze in tema di rimborso delle licenze di software preinstallato. Fabia Piccolino è dottoranda di ricerca all'Università di Camerino (Diritto Civile) e conosce molto bene il mondo dell'Information Technology. Rara avis, nel panorama giuridico italiano.