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Bitcoin – real, virtual or illegal currency?

The news about the indictment of Charlie Shrem, the former vice president of Bitcoin Foundation, and Robert Faiella in the US because of their potential involvement in the laundering of more than $ 1 million bitcoin on the…more

| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Internet of Things at the Salone, but what legal issues for furnitures?

The Internet of Things will generate 9 billion devices by 2018 according to estimates, but the recent hacker attack that caused a fridge to send over 750,000 spam and phishing messages over the Christmas break create concerns as…more

| Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science,...

Stringent actions against terminals connecting to gambling websites

Gaming laws banning gaming terminals (the so called “totem“) located in public places connecting to online gaming platforms and relative criminal sanctions have been stressed by the Italian regulator in a strong move against…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law

Data Protection – Italian Fine for Google Inc.

Yet another data protection headache for Google Inc.? Today a number of newspapers reported the news regarding a fine issued against Google. In reality this is the result of a two years procedure ending up last December with an…more

| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

(Yet another) LCN consultation!

Another chapter to the LCN saga in Italy. As you recall from our previous posts and videos, the LCN, the logical channel numbering for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting, remains a very controversial topic in Italy. This is…more

| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking

Notice and take down, at last!

After a long debate and various consultations, today the Regulation on Online Copyright Protection issued by the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) will come into force!…more

| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Belgian gamblers prosecuted, and in Italy?

Belgian authorities criminally prosecuting players participating in illegal games of chance reminded everyone that also Italian gaming law provides criminal sanctions against players participating to non-Italian licensed games…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law

Your smartphone is NOT a medical device

Wearable technology issues relating to the potential qualification of such products as a medical devices have become popular on the press following the presentation of the first smartphone with a heart rate sensor, quickly…more

| Communications & Media Law, Health, International Law & Trade, Products...

Financial bets are gambling?

Gaming law disputes as to the qualification of financial bets, binary bets, spread betting and trading tournaments are more and more frequent as a consequence of the continuous growth of such product. However, the main issue is…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Finance & Banking, International Law &...

IP litigation: where to sue.

Generally speaking, the easier are the regulations concerning territorial competence, the better is for the efficiency of the legal system. The Italian lawmaker took therefore the right direction in 2003, when IP…more

| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Top 5 Changes For Online Sales

Italy finally implemented the new Consumer Rights Directive which introduces major changes in online contracts aimed at better protecting consumers, impacting also on the Internet liability regime for entities selling products…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law &...

Google Glass will read our emotions?

An App might shortly allow Google Glass users to read the sentiments of people they are talking to as part of a wearable technology project run by a US start-up Emotient. However, this project might face some data protection…more

| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science,...

46 sites blocked, watch your banners!

The Italian tax police seized 46 websites streaming videos in breach of the copyright holders, but is also going after entities “supporting” such sites through banners published on them so starting a new approach in the fight…more

| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property,...

Instant messaging rules needed after $ 33 bn loss?

Apparently phone carriers lost $ 33 bn due to instant messaging apps and after Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, telecom companies are calling for stringent regulations on instant messaging apps, but how are they currently…more

| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science,...

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