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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

Australia: Official supplier of statistics to the NRL fails to obtain interlocutory injunction for breach of its intellectual property

On 8 May 2014, Sports Data Pty Ltd (Sports Data), NRL’s previous official supplier of statistics, filed an interlocutory applications against Prozone Sports Australia Pty Ltd (Prozone), the new supplier of statistics to the NRL…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Australia: Illegal streaming hits the World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has been a ratings success for SBS, which has an exclusive Media Rights Licence to broadcast the World Cup across television, radio and the internet in Australia. However, with the tournament now nearing…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Changes in Spain’s Cinema Act: Cool-off period for non-theatrical shows

For several weeks, Spanish public authorities (city halls in particular) have offered to their residents and visitors non-theatrical exhibitions of movies for a reduced price or even for free. Summer Cinemas, Cinema Clubs,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25, the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Doping tests and privacy rights in Spain: a key court decision

No one can deny that, over the last decade, Spain has taken the fight against Sports’ doping networks very seriously. In 2006 and 2013, two demanding laws for the health protection of federated sportsmen and the prosecution of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Privacy

Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

On 28 June 2014, a photo was posted on social media of Cronulla Sharks’ Football Club five eighth Todd Carney engaging in a lewd act in a nightclub bathroom. The Cronulla Sharks acted swiftly, organising a teleconference with…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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