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Digital Single Market Update: The European Commission’s Proposal to Revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The European Commission has proposed legislation in the EU to provide a uniform legal and competition framework for video-streaming services provided via the Internet. The regime includes changes to advertising, the...more

European Commission accepts Paramount Pictures' commitments as part of its ongoing investigation into the major US film studios

On 26 July 2016, the European Commission announced its acceptance of certain commitments by Paramount Pictures relating to the ongoing investigation into licensing agreements between the six major US film studios (Disney,...more

Collusion on the catwalk: have the UK’s top modelling agencies breached competition law?

On the 25th May 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a statement of objections to five of Britain’s most prestigious modelling agencies alleging an infringement of Chapter I of the Competition Act...more

EU & Competition Law Update – May 2016

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries? On 22 April 2016, the European Commission ("EC") invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited ("Paramount") in...more

Innovation and Censorship of Television in China

China has embarked on a difficult transition from high growth fueled by reliance on investment and manufacturing to growth based on consumption and the service sector. For this new economic model, the key to sustaining growth...more

Free* to Play Means Only If You Pay

As online gaming companies compete for business, they are offering customers increasingly large incentives to play on their websites, often in the form of deposit bonuses. These deposit bonuses allow players to play with the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games

On May 6, 2015, the European Competition Commission released a new Digital Single Market Plan, and simultaneously launched a broad antitrust investigation into e-commerce. The DSM plan, consisting of sixteen proposals, seeks...more

The Netherlands: resistance against different gambling taxes; complaint EC lodged

Yesterday, Dutch media reported that the proposed Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”) is subject to a complaint filed with the European Commission. The sector organization of slot machines, VAN, submitted the complaint stating that...more

E-commerce inquiry may affect the fashion sector

The Emperor's new clothes may undergo some changes as the fashion sector is currently under the magnifying glass of numerous competition authorities throughout Europe....more

International Safe Harbor Privacy Compliance: What You Need to Know

Since early 2014, the Federal Trade Commission has charged at least fourteen U.S. businesses in varying industries, from fashion to telecommunications, for falsely claiming to participate in the US – EU Safe Harbor privacy....more

Real Madrid 2014/15 audiovisual rights for sale

Real Madrid has just published in its website that it will listen to offers from those entities who might be interested in acquiring its audiovisual rights for 2014/2015 season. Although Real Madrid audiovisual rights...more

Antitrust Claims Against SESAC Copyright Licenses Permitted To Proceed

Performing rights organizations (PROs) are entities that issue licenses to, and collect royalties from, television stations and other parties who wish to perform or dylanbroadcast copyrighted musical compositions. There are...more

EU Commission to investigate cross-border pay-TV movie services – a new Murphy’s law?

Executive summary - The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more

EU: Commission commences antitrust proceedings into film distribution

The European Commission (the “Commission”) has initiated formal antitrust proceedings to assess various licensing agreements between European Pay-TV broadcasters and major US Film studios for broadcasting by satellite or...more

EU : Commission launches infringement proceedings against 6 Member States; re-ignites proceedings against Sweden

Today, the European Commission has called on a number of Member States to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU....more

All-in September (Global)

Overview of the top gambling regulatory developments in September. BULGARIA - Following Bulgaria’s publication of a blacklist of operators illegally targeting the jurisdiction in June 2013, the country issued...more

Greece: Government sells its stake in OPAP

On 12 August the Greek government put pen to paper to complete the sale of its 33% controlling stake in the gambling monopoly OPAP for €652 million to Emma Delta, an equity fund led by Czech billionaire Jiri Smejc....more

BT lodges complaint with Ofcom over Sky’s supply of Sky Sports channels, as previous complaint against Sky is dismissed

BT has made a complaint to Ofcom alleging that the terms on which BSkyB offers its Sky Sports channels to the YouView platform constitute abuse of a dominant position, contrary to Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning...more

Commission Launches First State Aid Investigations Into Football Clubs

The European Commission opened the first in-depth investigation into alleged State aid for professional football clubs. This comes after the Commission launched investigations into the financing of arenas. It is likely that...more

Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

LASC COURT RULING: In Favor of Demurring Defendant Ferguson et. al. moving defendants.California

Defendant Chris Ferguson's Demurrer to all 3 of Plaintiff Cardroom's purported causes of action sustained by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White: --- Ferguson had argued in his demurrer that Plaintiff’s...more

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Announces Results of Special 301 Review of Notorious Markets in December 2012...

USTR Announces Results of Special 301 Review of Notorious Markets and Identifies Marketplaces that Facilitate Global Piracy and Counterfeiting (released 12/13/2012): --- "Washington, D.C. – United States Trade...more

EA Sports Gives Up Its Exclusive License to Make College Football Games

For many avid sports gamers, December 13, 2004 is a day that will live in infamy. On that date, EA Sports, makers of the longstanding Madden franchise, inked a deal with the NFL that would allow EA, and only EA, to produce...more

Cardoom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

NOTICE OF DEMURRER AND DEMURRER OF DEFENDANT CHRIS FERGUSON, TO PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINTCalifornia

Plaintiff’s lawsuit is nothing more than a base attempt to capitalize on an indictment and civil forfeiture action that is wholly unrelated to the claims alleged. Plaintiff, Cardroom International LLC (“Plaintiff”), claims...more

United States Increases Entertainment Exports to Latin American Markets

On September 30, 2011, the United States government signed an Export Trade Certificate of Review for the Latin American Multichannel Advertising Council ("LAMAC"). This certification will allow seven United States-based...more

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