DLA Piper - Sports Media and Entertainment Intelligence


US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling and not yet introduced to the US Congress, seeks to expand the scope of the federal Wire Act to affirmatively prohibit Internet gambling. View more


France: Clarifying the regulatory regime applicable to radio broadcasters in cases of change of direct or indirect control - French law has been amended to confirm the media regulator's powers in respect of a change of direct or indirect control of various broadcasters. View more

US: Supreme Court to hear broadcasters’ case against Aereo - The United States Supreme Court has granted the petition of numerous broadcasters for certiorari in their action against the rebroadcaster Aereo, setting the stage for what may be one of the Court’s most significant copyright law decisions since its landmark Sony Betamax case. View more


New: 2014 edition of Data Protection Laws of the world now online! - We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 edition of the Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook. This edition covers 73 jurisdictions and is available in a new online format with a number of new features, while still offering a high-level snapshot of data protection laws across the globe. View more

EU Commissioner Reding introduces Eight Principles of Data Protection - EU Commissioner Viviane Reding introduced the so-called “Data Protection Compact”, her 8 principles of Data Protection that should govern the way personal data is processed by the public and the private sectors. View more


EU: Commission initiates antitrust proceedings re film distribution - The European 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 through online streaming. View more

UK - BBFC issues new classification guidelines - The British Board of Film Classification  published new classification guidelines for the certification of films. The guidelines will come into force on 24 February 2014. View more


Milan Fashion Week - thoughts on social networking issues - We consider some of the interesting social networking issues emerging from this year's Fashion Week. View more

#FashiOnline – Top 5 digital fashion issues - Given the diversity of the players and jurisdictions in the fashion sector, as well as such concerns as online branding, reputation management and IP protection, digital strategy cannot be taken lightly. In this article, we discuss five fashion digital strategy issues arising from DLA Piper's #FashiOnline event. View more

Verizon wins net neutrality court ruling against FCC - US appeals court invalidates regulations from the FCC that banned carriers from favoring traffic from certain sources. View more


US: District Judge rules on Sherlock Holmes copyright dispute - US District Judge Ruben Castillo recently ruled that the public may freely copy some key characters in the Sherlock Holmes series, created by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, without infringing the copyright of Conan Doyle’s estate. View more

DLA Piper - The Sports Pages

Australia: Spectator charged for involvement in “courtsiding” at Australian Open - Australia’s summer of tennis has been tainted by the alleged presence of an international betting syndicate at the Australian Open. A British spectator has been charged in relation to allegations that he was involved in “courtsiding.” View more

Commonwealth Games England implements its first mandatory anti-doping education policy - Commonwealth Games England has entered into a partnership with UK Anti-Doping to implement a mandatory anti-doping education policy ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. View more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prepares for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has opened a temporary office in Sochi, Russia, headed by the CAS Secretary General, Mr Matthieu Reeb. View more


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