Judith Miller

Judith Miller

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Major Amendments To Franchising Code Foreshadowed: The Australian Government Has Today Released An Exposure Draft Of The...

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft bill and Regulations by 30 April 2014 with the changes expected to take effect from 1 January 2015. The highlights of the amended Regulations include: Increased...more

4/7/2014 - Australia Franchise Agreements Franchises

Australia: Courtsiding and reform updates

In a number of our recent blog entries, we promised to keep you posted on a number of legislative changes and legal proceedings in Australia. As promised, here are the key developments: Spectator charged for...more

3/7/2014 - Australia Gambling Sports Sports Betting

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2014

Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies. Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more

3/5/2014 - Australia Broadcasting Canada Data Protection EU Google India Motion Picture Industry Ticket Pricing Wine & Alcohol

Australia: ACCC proposes to object to betting agencies’ immunity for collective bargaining and collective boycott against the NRL

On 13 February 2014, the Australian Wagering Council Limited (AWC) lodged a collective bargaining and collective boycott notification (the Notifications) with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),...more

3/3/2014 - ACCC Australia Collective Bargaining Gambling

Australia: Senate scrutinises state of scalping

Last Thursday, the Senate Economics Reference Committee (SERC) conducted a hearing in relation to the Ticket Scalping in Australia inquiry in Sydney. The inquiry, launched with little fanfare in the lead up to Christmas last...more

2/27/2014 - Australia Ticket Pricing

ALRC Recommendations: Copyright Update: Australian Law Reform Commission Recommends Copyright Revolution.

The final report prepared by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its review of the Copyright Act (Act) recommends changes that, if adopted by the Government, would revolutionise Australian copyright law. The...more

2/17/2014 - Australia Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

2/4/2014 - Aereo Antitrust Litigation Copyright Cybersecurity Data Protection Entertainment Industry EU Fashion Industry Gambling Internet Gambling Internet Streaming Motion Picture Industry SCOTUS Television Broadcast Stations UK

Australia: Supreme Court setting for gambling stoush

The civil trial between the State of Victoria and the former holders of gaming machine licences in the state, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (Tabcorp) and Tatts Group Ltd (Tatts), has commenced in the Victorian Supreme Court before...more

2/4/2014 - Australia Casinos Gambling

Australia: Spectator charged for involvement in “courtsiding” at Australian Open

Australia’s summer of tennis has been tainted by the presence of an international betting syndicate at the Australian Open. A British spectator has been charged under section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) in relation to...more

1/30/2014 - Australia Spectator Sports Sports

Australia: Potential wagering model shake up in Queensland

Racing Queensland has announced that it is seeking Expressions of Interest from national and international wagering operators who are interested in bringing innovation to the “exciting world of wagering” associated with...more

1/21/2014 - Australia Gambling Horse Racing

Australia: Spectator charged for involvement in “courtsiding” at Australian Open

The Australian tennis open is the scene for what Victoria Police have claimed is the world’s first arrest for the sports betting offence of “courtsiding” with the charging of a British spectator under section 195C of the...more

1/20/2014 - Australia Gambling Spectator Sports Sports Betting Sports Gambling

Getting down to business: Coalition's review of the franchise sector means potential penalties for franchisors but may also...

Consistent with its pre-election campaign promise, the Coalition Government has announced that this year it will review and amend the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) to improve protections for small business franchisees....more

1/10/2014 - Compliance Franchise Agreements Franchises Franchisors

Australia: South Australian Premier agrees to remove “Gambling starts with Games” advertisements

In its latest step to reduce the perceived harm that might be inflicted on children by simulated gambling, the South Australian Government has commenced an advertising campaign, featuring a billboard with an image of a young...more

12/19/2013 - Advertising Australia Gambling Gaming

Restored to the Notice Paper

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more

12/18/2013 - Australia Gambling Money Laundering Online Poker Proposed Legislation

Australia: ACT paves the way for TAB sale, while NSW establishes Select Committee on Gambling

In late November 2013, the ACT Minister for Racing and Gaming, Joy Burch, presented the Totalisator Bill 2013 (ACT) (Bill), which is set to repeal the existing Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Act 1964 (ACT) (Act). The Bill seeks...more

12/17/2013 - Gambling Gaming Licenses Licensing Rules

Gambling reforms scrapped by Coalition

In recent weeks, the Australian Coalition Government has continued to take steps to implement its “policy to help problem gamblers.” The Coalition’s proposed Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013...more

12/16/2013 - Australia Gambling Gaming Gaming Legislation Repeal

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

12/11/2013 - ACCC Australia Gaming Mobile Apps Online Gaming

Australia: Simulated gambling in South Australia’s sights

Having passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Act 2013 (SA) (as we have previously discussed here), the South Australian Government has now set its sights on ensuring that South Australian children are not exposed to...more

12/6/2013 - Gambling Internet Gambling

South Australia introduces new casino and poker machine licencee restrictions to promote responsible gambling

The Parliament of South Australia has passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013 (SA) which contains reforms to gaming machine (“pokies” in Australian slang) laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA) and...more

11/18/2013 - Australia Casinos Gambling Licenses Poker

Victorian Gambling Regulation Amendment (Pre-Commitment) Bill 2013

Victoria is set to be the first state in Australia to introduce a pre-commitment system for gaming machines which will allow players to predetermine net loss and time limits. The Gambling Regulation Amendment (Pre-Commitment)...more

11/18/2013 - Australia Gambling

Australia: Venue design is not child’s play

New guidelines have been issued for the approval of Victorian gaming venues which relate to the location and design of children’s play areas. Many clubs and hotels which operate as gaming venues, also offer dining,...more

10/24/2013 - Gambling Gaming Gaming Commissions

Australia: Commonwealth Government Responds To The Review Of The Franchising Code Of Conduct

The Australian Government has released its response to the review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Report) and has accepted in full or in principle the majority of recommendations made by the independent reviewer and...more

8/20/2013 - Australia Code of Conduct Competition Enforcement Franchises Good Faith

Australia: The Coalition’s “policy to help problem gamblers”

The Opposition has released a four part plan which focuses on a national voluntary scheme to tackle problem gambling and help problem gamblers. The four part plan includes...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Gambling Internet Gambling Mental Health Psychological Counseling

The Review Of The Australian Franchising Code Of Conduct - Key Recommendations & What They Could Mean For You

On 17 May 2013, The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science Research and Tertiary Education released its report (Report) following an independent review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Franchising...more

6/6/2013 - Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Disclosure Requirements Dispute Resolution Enforcement Franchise Agreements Franchises Penalties Transparency

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