Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - August 2013



Luck o’ the Irish? The Republic seeks to liberalise gambling laws - Hot on the heels of its Northern Ireland counterparts, the Irish government has proposed a number of reforms which suggests more liberal gaming laws are to come. View more


US: The next episode in broadcasters’ effort to halt Aereo - In April, we wrote about the ongoing dispute between Aereo,  the upstart technology company that utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its subscribers’ digital devices.   The dispute is expanding. View more

European Court upholds UK list of “crown jewel” TV events - On 18 July the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its judgment in FIFA and UEFA’s ongoing struggle around the listing of the World Cup and European Championships as free-to-air events. View more

Australia: Sports broadcasting, gambling advertising and live odds – is further regulation needed? - Of the many Australian traditions, there is one which unifies the country irrespective of background and geographical location – sitting down to “Friday Night Footy” with friends and family. The roots of this national pastime run deep. This sacred tradition has become part of the national conversation about the advertising of gambling in Australian sports. View more

Consultation on digital terrestrial radio broadcasting in Italy - The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) has recently launched a public consultation on the digital terrestrial radio broadcasting regulation. View more


UK: HMRC’s guide for the creative industries - This week, HM Revenue & Customs published a brief guide detailing the UK’s corporation tax reliefs for the creative industries.  The guide gives an overview of the four different types of relief, explains the eligibility criteria for each and details how and when a claim should be submitted. View more


Recent developments regarding French online piracy law - French Internet users who are caught unlawfully sharing and/or downloading copyrighted works on the Internet will no longer be subject to disconnection or suspension of their Internet access. On July 9, 2013, a French Decree removed this penalty. View more

Italian copyright notice and take down regulations consultation - Draft regulations on the protection of copyright on the Internet and media also providing a notice and take-down procedure for potential breaches have been published by the Italian communications authority (the AGCOM) and are open now to a 60-day consultation. The draft regulations raise some questions. View more

Law 2.0: An updated European legal framework for the digital society? - Bill Gates once said that the “day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.” Although this may be somewhat exaggerated, no one doubts that technological evolution plays a substantial role in everyday life. Just to name a few, the rise of social media, smartphones and tablets and the apps that are designed for them indeed creates new possibilities on an almost daily basis while simultaneously posing social, economic and political questions. At least as important are the legal issues related to this evolution. View more

UK Government launches first phase of Copyright Hub - The UK Government has launched a new copyright hub to make it easier to access information about rights ownership and copyright licences. The pilot phase of the Copyright Hub launched on 8 July 2013 and is built and led by the UK’s creative industries – music, publishing, audio-visual and images – to support the “high volume of low monetary value transactions requiring low transaction costs in the middle and bottom segments of the copyright licensing market”. View more

UK: Police establish unit for online piracy - Lord Younger, in his capacity as Intellectual Property Minster, has announced that a new IP police unit is to be created by September of this year.  This follows a statement made by Vince Cable and BIS made last December. The unit will focus on different forms of intellectual property-related offences, but with a specific mandate to tackle online piracy. View more


UK: The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013 - The Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013, issued on 17 July 2013, will come into force on 1 November 2013, the date by which all Member States are required to implement the provisions of Directive 2011/77/EU of the European Parliament. View more

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Spanish clubs investigated over possible match-fixing - The Spanish Professional Football League has opened an investigation into possible match-fixing at a game between Hercules and Racing Santander in the Liga Adelante. View more

Swift UAE response to Godolphin scandal - Following the surprise doping scandal involving Dubai-owned Godolphin stables in Newmarket, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has moved swiftly in response to the findings of the British Horseracing Authority. View more

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