On 3 December 2014, as part of his Autumn Statement, the UK Chancellor announced the introduction of a new children’s TV tax relief which is due to be introduced from April 2015....more
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Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more
On 5 June 2014 the UK Parliament passed the Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2014 (“Order“), implementing its obligations under the Rental and Lending Directive.
Under the Public...more
Yesterday, UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Chinese Vice Minister Tong Gang of the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, signed the long-awaited UK / China co-production treaty....more
Associated Newspapers has been ordered to pay three of Paul Weller’s children a total of £10,000 in damages for misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act.
Covertly taken pictures of the...more
Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona -
The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC...more
The European Commission has finally given the green light to the proposed UK video games tax credit which will now come into effect from 1 April 2014....more
In yesterday’s Budget, George Osborne confirmed that the European Commission has approved the proposed extension of the UK film tax credit announced in his 2013 Autumn Statement. The changes are due to take effect from April...more
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
India and Canada have signed an audio-visual co-production agreement following talks which commenced in 2010.
The new arrangements will enable filmmakers to access government subsidies and tax incentives in both...more
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a consultation seeking opinions from stakeholders on the practical effects of the proposed changes to the Public Lending Right Scheme (the “PLRS“). ...more
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Japan looking at casino promotion legislation - With a few very limited exceptions, gaming is generally banned in Japan. In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake, and as the 2020 Olympic Games...more
As part of his Autumn Statement, George Osborne has today announced that – subject to State aid approval – with effect from April 2014, the rate of film tax credit will be 25% on the first £20 million of qualifying core...more
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has opened a consultation regarding the proposed rate per loan of the Public Lending Right for 2014....more
Published last week, the European Commission’s new Cinema Communication 2013 (the “Communication“) broadens the scope of activities in connection with the creation of films and other audio-visual works which may attract...more
Following a consultation process which commenced in May this year, the Government has approved the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 to the extent they relate to entertainers, with...more
The UK Government has published The Cultural Test (Television Programmes) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations“) which will come into force on 13 August 2013....more
The European Commission has announced a review of the EU/US Safe Harbor Agreement. The Safe Harbor framework has, to date, been deemed to provide adequate protection for the rights of individuals in connection with the...more
This week HM Revenue & Customs has published a brief guide detailing the UK’s corporation tax reliefs for the creative industries. The guide gives an overview of the four different types of relief, explains the eligibility...more