Satirical Nonciclopedia website closes after Vasco Rossi case

The satirical website Nonciclopedia has shut, for an indefinite period, in the wake of apparent legal difficulties relating to an alleged complaint by the Italian rock star Vasco Rossi.

The nature of the complaint isn’t clear, but the site is known for its satirical approach to the Wikipedia-style encyclopedia game. The site claims to have already removed the ‘offending’ page, and it’s not clear whether Rossi is still considering taking legal action against the site or the unknown editor who wrote the page’s content.

There are also unconfirmed reports that police also became interested in the site. But the decision by Nonciclopedia to close in this way has sparked huge amounts of comment online, as Italians and people around the world react to the story.

Vasco Rossi is a popular and controversial Italian singer-songwriter who has released more than 25 albums during his career. He has been releasing music since the late 70’s and his best known release is probably 1980’s Colpa d’Alfredo, the title track of which was for a while reportedly was banned from Italian radio.


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7 thoughts on “Satirical Nonciclopedia website closes after Vasco Rossi case

  1. finally they have closed that website.

    tipical of few italians people that use website for and insulting everywhere. Most of people are very tired of these few people using web for their personal problems.

    Posted by jackfolla | October 3, 2011, 2:58 pm
  2. I’m bilingual and a huge fan of both Uncyclopedia and Nonciclopedia although I find Nonciclopedia way funnier. Who can’t understand and accept satire and black humour gets what he deserves. I just hope Nonciclopedia will be back.

    Posted by Sandro | October 3, 2011, 9:01 pm
  3. It’s the equivalent to Uncyclopedia and Encyclopedia Dramatica, with its humorous/nonsense approach to various topics. It’s full of memes, funny pages, various jokes and nonsense, exactly like the other sites I have mentioned… It’s full of black humour and other nonsense insults, but it’s totally harmless…
    Unfortunately, someone (Vasco Rossi) took all this stuff too seriously and sued them.
    And, to make things worse, here in Italy there’s going to be a law which actually promotes censorship on the internet. It’s totally insane, I fear we will end up like China…

    Posted by Antonio | October 4, 2011, 6:58 pm
  4. How can they actually sue Nonciclopedia? The site is editable by everyone, so they have to sue whole the site’s community… BTW: the site is hosted by the American wiki farm, so sueing them will become a real piece of complexity…

    I hope the best for Nonciclopedia, greetings from CartoonistHenning

    Posted by CartoonistHenning | October 7, 2011, 11:42 am

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