Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - December 2013

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DLA Piper - Sports Media and Entertainment Intelligence

BETTING AND GAMING

EU: Commission launches infringement proceedings against 6 member states and re-ignites proceedings against Sweden - On 20 November 2013, the European Commission called on a number of member states to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. View more

UK: Communications watchdog releases detailed analysis of gambling advertising on TV - In a wide-ranging and extremely detailed report, OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, has released results of its analysis of gambling advertisements on television. View more

CONSUMER AND DATA PROTECTION

Italy: Companies with non-EU call centers subject to stringent obligations - The Italian data protection authority has issued a decision introducing more stringent obligations for the transfer of data to call centers located in countries outside of the European Union. The obligations not only affect data transfer to such countries as India or the US, but also Albania, which is very close to Italy and is a popular place for call centers of Italian companies. View more

FILM

European Commission approves the continuation of Hungarian film support schemes until December 2019 - The European Commission has approved the extension of Hungarian film support schemes until 31 December 2019. Under this scheme, a taxpayer who provides support for film production which complies with certain conditions is entitled to a tax incentive. View more 

European Commission revises rules for state aid support for films - The European Commission’s new Cinema Communication 2013 broadens the scope of activities in relation to the creation of films and other audio-visual works which may attract state aid in EU member states. View more

INTERNET AND DIGITAL MEDIA

Spain: Increasing pressure on criminal courts against IP rights infringements - Spain’s Criminal Court no. 4 of Castellón recently sentenced a peer-to-peer file sharing webmaster to 18-month imprisonment for a continued offence against IP rights. In addition, the court has banned him from exercising any activity related with websites for three years. He shall also pay a fine of €21,000. View more

France: Mosley against Google: game, set but not match yet - On November 6, a Paris court ordered Google to filter out hyperlinks to images of former F1 boss Max Mosley in an allegedly Nazi-themed sadomasochistic orgy. View more  

MUSIC

UK: Entertainers to be treated as self-employed for tax purposes - The UK government has approved the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 to the extent they relate to entertainers, with effect from 6 April 2014. View more

UK: Copyright period for performers and musicians extended by 20 years - 1 November 2013 saw the UK’s Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performance Regulation 2013 come into force. The law implements EU Directive 2011/77/EU, which extends the term of copyright for artists who perform in recordings from 50 to 70 years. View more

PUBLISHING

UK: Press regulation Royal Charter approved by the Queen after Court of Appeal rejects newspapers’ attempts to block its sanction - HRH Queen Elizabeth II has approved a Royal Charter representing a landmark reform of press regulation. The Charter, agreed by the three main political parties, was sealed by the Privy Council in a short private ceremony at Buckingham Palace hours after the Court of Appeal rejected a last-minute legal effort by newspaper groups to block it. View more

UK: Public Lending Right Consultation 2014 - The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport has opened a consultation regarding the proposed rate per loan of the Public Lending Right for 2014. View more

DLA Piper - The Sports Pages

WADA Board agree 2015 Anti-Doping Code - Between 12-15 November 2013 WADA hosted the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg. The new code was reviewed and approved at the conference and will take effect from 1 January 2015. View more

Italy: Agcom decisions on sport events - Following a consultation with the main stakeholders, the Italian Communication Authority has issued two new decisions concerning radio and audiovisual media’s freedom of press during sport events. View more

New International Olympic Committee special unit to combat illegal betting and match-fixing - Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, has announced the latest measure in the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting. The IOC reported in its statement that it would create a special unit to coordinate its current efforts and that “this unit will work on risk prevention and dissemination of information and will support harmonisation of rules of the Olympic and sports movements”. View more