Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

DLA Piper - Sports Media and Entertainment Intelligence


UK: POC Bill passed at third reading - The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, complete with provisions addressing the Horseracing Levy, was passed by the House of Lords and returned to the House of Commons. View more

EU: Harmonised anti-money laundering rules for online gambling - The European Parliament has adopted the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The updated rules mean that all gambling services (both physical and electronic) will be subject to EU-wide regulation. View more

UK: OFT Principles for Online and In-App Games now in force - The OFT Principles for Online and In-App Games set out the information that must be made available to customers before they download, sign up for or purchase the game or application in question. View more

UK: Video games tax credit finally receives state aid approval - The European Commission has finally given the green light to the proposed UK video games tax credit. View more

Italy: Belgian gamblers prosecuted; can Italians sleep quietly? - Belgian authorities reminded everyone that Italian gaming law provides criminal sanctions against players participating in non-Italian licensed games, and that the potential liabilities might be bigger than initially expected. View more


UK: Ofcom confirms terms for new Channel 4 licence - Ofcom has granted Channel 4 a new 10-year licence, following the expiry of the current licence at the end of 2014. View more

UK: Summary of ATVOD's new guidance document - The co-regulator of video on demand (VOD) editorial content, the Authority for TV on Demand, recently published revised guidance on the scope of the regulations concerning VOD services. View more


UK Budget 2014 – more good news for the creative industries - 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 of this year. View more


Belgium: Beware of the barking privacy watchdog, she's biting - The quietness in the privacy landscape in Belgium is about to drastically change. The Privacy Commission announced it will establish a dedicated task force to carry out proactive audits focusing on different sectors, such as financial and insurance institutions, hospitals and other health providers, and telecom operators. View more

Google gives UK "super flagger" powers - Google has granted UK security officials special access to its YouTube video site, allowing them to have content instantly reviewed if they think it threatens national security. View more

Italy - Notice and take down, at last! - After a long debate and various consultations, the Regulation on Online Copyright Protection issued by the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) came into force on 31 March. View more

Austria: No surprises as CJEU upholds website blocking injunctions - The Court of Justice of the European Union has upheld the system of website blocking injunctions in place in Austria, following a reference from the Austrian Supreme Court in the case of UPC Telekabel v Constantin Film. View more


US Copyright Office calls for public comment on music licensing - As part of a concerted effort to assess the effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music, the US Copyright Office has published a request in the Federal Register for public comment on a number of copyright issues. View more

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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 Barcelona for linking the Spanish football clubs to a doping plot. View more

Spain: FC Barcelona sanctioned by FIFA for international transfers of minors - FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Spanish Football Federation and Spanish club FC Barcelona for "breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18". View more

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