Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2014

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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 approach, Japan has seriously considered legalizing casinos. View more

US: Garden State gambling goes online - New Jersey officially gave the green light to online gambling in November, in a highly anticipated opening of its gambling market. Pundits and stakeholders alike will be eager to follow the experiment as a test case, as New Jersey is the most populous state to legalize online gambling, as well as the first state to allow a variety of casino games, rather than a poker-only offering. New Jersey’s state government anticipates that the change will bring US$1 billion in revenue for state casinos in the first year and  US$150 million in taxes for state coffers. View more


Italian DTT broadcasting – new decision on LCN allocation - The Italian Council of State (Consiglio di Stato) has finally published its long awaited decision on the Telenorba case. View more


German Federal High Court underlines the legality of a linkage between a consumer’s purchase and participation in a raffle - The German Federal High Court decided that Haribo can advertise and operate raffles, even if the purchase of a specific product is a pre-condition to entry. Moreover, the Court held a TV commercial about the raffle was legal because it did not merely address children and adolescents but “the average consumer”. View more


UK: Autumn Statement: “making [the] successful film tax relief even more generous” - As part of his Autumn Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced in December 2013 that – subject to state aid approval – with effect from April 2014, the rate of film tax credit will be 25 percent on the first £20 million of qualifying core expenditure for all qualifying film projects and 20 percent thereafter (subject always to a maximum of 80 percent of qualifying core expenditure). Effectively removing the existing distinction between large and small budget films, the proposed changes should encourage an increased number of larger budget films into the UK market. View more

EU cinema communication - a closer look - In November 2013 we reported on the publication of the European Commission’s new 2013 Communication from the Commission on State Aid for Films and Other Audio Visual Works. In this review, we take a closer look at the provisions of the Communication and their meaning for the film business. View more


Italy: Copyright measures against Google’s indexing of news contents - The Italian government has approved a law decree that apparently will introduce copyright-related measures aimed at sorting disputes relating to the usage of news contents by search engines and news aggregators. View more

Italian online copyright protection…  here comes the AGCOM regulation - After a long consultation process, the Italian Communications Authority has published long-awaited regulations on the protection of copyright on the Internet and media. Among other things, the new rules provide for a notice and takedown procedure for potential copyright breaches. View more


US district court rules for Google in book-scanning dispute - Google has been successful in the latest round of an eight-year copyright dispute with the US Authors Guild over Google’s decision to scan more than 20 million books from libraries and make them available on the Internet. View more

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UK: ASA Adjudication on Club Website Ltd - The Advertising Standard Authority’s January decision in respect of “Club Website Limited” demonstrates a continuation of its approach to protecting children from being influenced by gambling advertising. View more


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