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UK: The Phil Ivey case – English court rules for first time on civil law offence of cheating

In the first case since the coming into force of the Gambling Act 2005, the English courts have determined whether the conduct of a party to a gambling contract amounted to cheating for the purposes of civil law. The case…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

GLOBAL: How to protect brand reputation and sales from the risks associated with a product recall

In the past decade or so, manufacturers in the developed world that would previously have created their entire product in their own country now outsource manufacture to other parts of the world. This has had significant economic…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Products Liability

Bestwater – CJEU considers embedded links to copyright content (again)

On 21 October 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) gave its decision in Bestwater, a case that, like the decision in Svensson earlier this year, concerns the question of whether there is an infringement of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

AUSTRALIA: Hitting Corruption for Six

The cricket world is in a fierce battle against the increasing use of technology in illegal bookmaking. In order to protect their interests ahead of the World Cup starting in February 2015, the International Cricket Council…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

FRANCE: Broadcasting rights relating Top 14 rugby games are premium rights that must be allocated to Pay TV channels according to a transparent and competitive procedure

On January 14, 2014, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (the French Rugby League or “LNR”) and French premium cable television channel Canal+ entered into an agreement whereby the latter was granted exclusive rights to broadcast Top…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

UK: New Licensing Scheme for use of Orphan Works

On 29 October 2014, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills launched a new licensing scheme which aims to give wider access to millions of culturally valuable creative ‘orphan’ works…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

EUROPE- European Commission and UEFA “strengthen their relations” with Arrangement for Co-operation

On 14 October 2014 the European Commission and the Union of European Football Associates (UEFA) signed an Arrangement of Cooperation (the “Agreement”) which shall expire on 17 December 2017. The Agreement comes as UEFA…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

China – Guidelines for Developing Sports into RMB-5-trillion-per-annum Sector – Tax Cuts for High-tech Sports Enterprises

Yesterday (20 October 2014), as part of its agenda for boosting employment, domestic consumption and other areas of the Chinese economy, China’s Cabinet, the State Council, issued new guidelines ?2014?(the “Guidelines“) to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Taxation

Japan – Amendments to the METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (“METI“) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (“Guidelines“), which apply to all online business operations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Japan – Google Privacy Case

On 9 October 2014, Judge Nobuyuki Seki of the Tokyo District Court granted a provisional injunction against Google Inc. (“Google“) and ordered Google to delete search results of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK: High Court clears the way for tighter control of online gambling

The Government’s remote gambling reform has moved a step closer after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the measure, which seeks to bring the licensing of UK-facing remote gambling operators under UK control, no…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Artificial Turf Dispute

In the lead up to the 2015 FIFA Women World’s Cup, which will be hosted by Canada (World Cup), a group of the world’s elite female football players (including the FIFA Women’s World Players of the Year for 2012 and 2013, Abby…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, International Law & Trade

Essendon v ASADA: Joint doping investigation legal, says Federal Court of Australia

On 19 September 2014, Australia’s Federal Court dismissed the Essendon Football Club’s (Essendon) litigation against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). Justice Middleton determined that the “joint…more
| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure

FIFA to ban third-party ownership of players.

Following a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee on 26 September 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that the controversial practice of third-party ownership of players will be banned in future…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts

SPAIN: Match-fixing- could the age of innocence be over?

Corruption is a problem. Keeping corruption out of public scrutiny is an even bigger problem, because responsible people remain untouched and ready to repeat the same wrong behaviours. In that sense, the financial crisis that…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law
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