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FRANCE: French Legislation on Evening Advertising on Public Channels: Should We Expect Another Shift in Policy?

It has been five years since the French government decided to ban advertising at night for public-service television channels. Indeed Article 28 of law No. 2009-258, dated March 5, 2009, prohibited the broadcasting of…more
| Communications & Media Law

Advertisement Tax

On 15 August 2014 a new act (Act no. 22 of 2014) entered into force in Hungary, setting out the rules of a new tax category: advertisement tax. According to the act, an advertisement is subject to the tax if it is published…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Taxation

Increase of ratio of film support

On 24 June 2014 the European Commission resolved that it does not object to an increase in indirect state support (in the form of a tax rebate), from 20% to 25%, for the production costs of films produced in Hungary. It is…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade

New Zealand: The ‘naming names’ drive for privacy compliance

In a move that will be of great interest to any agency dealing with personal information, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has indicated that it will be adopting a policy to routinely ‘name names’ of agencies that have…more
| Privacy

ICO publish Data Protection Guide for the media

The Leveson Inquiry highlighted a prevailing confusion as to how data protection law applies to journalism and the media. To tackle this it was recommended that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) work to prepare a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Social Media: No Need for New Laws

Against a background of widely debated social media issues from libellous tweets to cyber bullying and following the publication of CPS guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media, the House of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law

FIFA rejects FC Barcelona appeal against transfer ban

On April 2014 the FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctioned FC Barcelona for reported breaches about the signing of under-age players with a year-long transfer ban and significant fines…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

Video Recordings Act 1984 (Exempted Video Works) Regulations 2014

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has published regulations (“Regulations”) that amend the Video Recordings Act 1984 (“Act”)…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

China to get new subscription streaming service

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and American entertainment company Lionsgate announced on 15 July they will launch a subscription streaming service on the Chinese mainland that will offer content including the Twilight and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Cultural Test (Video Games) Regulations come into force

The Cultural Test (Video Games) Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force today (19 August 2014). The Regulations introduce a “cultural test” for video games, with points being awarded on the basis of setting, content,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

UK Anti-Doping Secure First Lifetime Ban

UK Anti-Doping (“UKAD“) have secured their first lifetime ban from sport after successfully prosecuting two individuals for multiple anti-doping rule violations. Earlier this year Philip Tinklin was convicted by Cardiff…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law

FRANCE: A French Court orders a Swiss company selling French game tickets over the Internet to prevent French Internet users from accessing part of its websites

On April 10, 2014, the Court of First Instance of Paris found that VIAGOGO, a Swiss company operating a website selling sports tickets on the Internet, had no right to sell tickets for a French soccer game organized by the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Consultation on the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising

Ofcom has published a consultation document regarding various approaches to the enforcement of scheduling of television advertising. Both Ofcom’s own Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (COSTA) and the…more
| Communications & Media Law

New report on telecommunications market in the EU

The European Commission has published a new report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU. The report covers the period from January 2012 to December 2013 and covers a variety of regulatory issues including,…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK anti-piracy campaign set for launch

In an effort to combat digital piracy, the film and music industries have reached an agreement with the UK’s leading ISPs to launch the ‘Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme’ next year. The programme will send up to four warning…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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