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Minnesota Phases Out State Lottery-Operated Online Games

Minnesota’s legislature recently passed a bill that bars the Minnesota Lottery from offering online games, following a four month transition period. Specifically, the new law bans the lottery director from offering “the play...more

UK: Gambling Commission publishes analysis of trends in gambling behaviour over last 6 years

The Gambling Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014. The report’s main findings are: a “significant increase in remote gambling participation, in gambling participation...more

Lithuania: incompatible laws notified to the European Commission – what next?

The Republic of Lithuania has notified proposed amendments to its Gambling Law to the European Commission, which limit licences to those entities established in Lithuania. The Government claims that the current law does...more

Sponsor of Ironman Contest Agrees to Forfeit $2.7 Million in Lottery Fees

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Florida announced that World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has agreed to turn over $2.7 million in lottery receipts to settle charges that the triathlon organizer engaged in illegal gambling by...more

Gaming Legal News: Volumn 8, Number 10

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND GAMING: TO DIVEST OR NOT TO DIVEST? Even as more and more states pass laws permitting sales and use of medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Reverses Injunction Against YouTube Display of “Innocence of Muslims”

In Garcia v. Google, No. 12-57302 (9th Cir. May 18, 2015), the en banc Ninth Circuit reversed a prior panel decision and held that an actress was not entitled to a preliminary injunction removing all copies of a film from...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Ninth Circuit Reverses Takedown of Controversial Trailer from YouTube

After an en banc review, the Ninth Circuit reversed a preliminary injunction against YouTube requiring the takedown of the controversial trailer of the film “Innocence of Muslims.” The preliminary injunction was granted by a...more

When the Dust Settles: An Update on Changes to Canadian IP Legislation

Canada is in the midst of a substantial overhaul of its intellectual property statutes and regulations that will have wide-ranging implications for patent, industrial design, trade-mark and copyright law as well as procedure....more

b Spot Named Top Start-Up by TieCon

Congratulations to b Spot, a licensed mobile games community that lets adults legally wager and win cash in the US, which has been named a TiE50 Start Up for 2015. After screening 2,716 companies worldwide, then narrowing...more

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Sample

Social media allows users to effortlessly communicate globally with nothing more than a few keystrokes. Advertisers have harnessed the power of social media bloggers and incorporated it as a key component of their...more

Garcia v. Google: Ninth Circuit En Banc Denies Actor’s Copyright Claim In Her Performance

This blog previously discussed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in Garcia v. Google, Inc., (9th Cir. 2014) 766 F.3d 929, reversing a decision of the district court. On Monday, the Ninth Circuit, en banc, in Garcia...more

I Didn’t Say That – The Ability of Actors to Control Their Performances Under Canadian Copyright Law

When the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2014 opinion in Garcia v Google, its tentative conclusion that actors might enjoy copyright protection in their on-screen performances was met with vociferous...more

BMI Wins Summary Judgment of Copyright Infringement After Restaurant Owner Fails to Respond to Requests for Admission

Plaintiff Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”), a music rights management organization that offers licenses to a massive catalogue of popular songs on behalf of copyright owners, brought suit for copyright infringement against the...more

Full Ninth Circuit Nixes Controversial Copyright Decision

On Monday, May 18, 2015, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, overturned a highly-controversial opinion in Garcia v. Google, Inc., in which a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit reversed the trial court and held that an...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

On April 27, 2015, Applied Materials Inc. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. abandoned their merger plans after facing pushback from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The merger, which has been pending since September 2013, would have...more

Football Bribery: Jail for Ex-players and middlemen

A former professional football player, Delroy Facey, has been convicted and imprisoned for offences under the UK Bribery Act. If you love sport it’s a sad story. Facey was a decent striker who, at one time, was...more

Employee Misclassification in the Entertainment Industry

Employee misclassification is one of the leading labor abuses in the country. In fact, in recent years, both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a misclassification initiative to combat...more

“Hollywood Circuit” Court Issues En Banc Decision in Garcia v. Google: No Copyright Protection for Fleeting Dramatic Performance

On May 18, 2015, the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc vacated its prior decision in Garcia v. Google. The prior decision, authored by Judge Alex Kozinksi, controversially held that an actress had standing to issue a DMCA...more

Spain: National Court suspends the strike of La Liga

The Spanish National Court has ruled in favour of the Spanish Football League (LFP), and suspended the proposed strike called by the Spanish Football Players’ Union for the final two rounds of the Spanish top-tier football...more

SPAIN: On 2 June 2015 operators will finally obtain their new online licenses

The DGOJ (Spanish General Directorate for the Regulation of Gaming Activities) has announced through its website that on 2 June 2015 the decision in connection with the granting of gambling licenses will be published....more

Yankees Win Big Trademark Battle at the USPTO

On May 8, 2015, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) upheld an opposition instituted by the New York Yankees to block several trademarks from becoming registered. New York Yankees Partnership v. IET Products and...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/15/2015

The focus at the Capitol this week for the Minnesota Legislature has been budget negotiations among Governor Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk and Speaker Daudt. As of Friday morning, only two targets have been released —...more

Week in Review – May 2015 #3

Fishing for Budget Numbers - Gov. Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk (DFL-Cook) and House Speaker Daudt (R-Crown) reportedly caught lots of fish last weekend, but no luck with agreed upon budget numbers. Leaders have...more

NFL Gives Up Tax-Exempt Status

Earlier this year, I posted about the possibility that the NFL may lose its tax exempt status. The NFL has decided instead to give up its tax-exempt status. It has been estimated that the tax-exempt status only saved the...more

Trademark vs. Copyright: Avoid the HAVOC

I’ve come across yet another college-hoops related trademark dispute — but what’s even more interesting is the way the AP covered the story. It’s a reminder that we IP lawyers can and must dispel any public confusion between...more

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