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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

Real Madrid 2014/15 audiovisual rights for sale

Real Madrid has just published in its website that it will listen to offers from those entities who might be interested in acquiring its audiovisual rights for 2014/2015 season. Although Real Madrid audiovisual rights had…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

Essendon Football Club v Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Federal Court Action - On 13 June 2014, the Essendon Football Club (an Australian Rules football club) launched legal action in the Federal Court of Australia against the CEO of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Germany: CJEU postpones showdown on German gambling regulations

In a decision that has long been awaited by the industry and the legislator alike, the European Court of Justice ruled today, 12 June 2014, on the question to what extent two conflicting regulatory frameworks within one member…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, International Law & Trade

Ambush Marketing: Australia Advances Fair

On 15 May 2014, the Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014 (the ‘Bill‘) passed both houses of Parliament in Australia. The Bill aims to prevent the unauthorised commercial use of certain marks and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

UK: Amendments to Public Lending Right Scheme

On 5 June 2014 the UK Parliament passed the Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2014 (“Order“), implementing its obligations under the Rental and Lending Directive. Under the Public Lending…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Copyright Licensing Agency releases new Pharmaceutical Collaboration Licence

Companies holding an existing Pharmaceutical Licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency (“CLA“) have been given the opportunity to upgrade to a new Trial Pharmaceutical Collaboration Licence (“TPCL“), at no extra cost. The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Musicians in the theatre production ‘War Horse’ lose their legal bid

Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction, or alternatively specific performance, to require the National…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

On 13 May 2014 the District Court of Berlin (16 O 75/13) rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers. The claim was directed at a declaratory judgment that…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Intellectual Property

Betting Ban Ratified by FA Shareholders

Proposed amendments to the FA’s rules on gambling have now been ratified by its shareholders. The new rules will come into force from 1 August 2014, and will prevent any participants in the Premier League, Football League,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, International Law & Trade
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