Australia: Policy tensions crystallise in NSW Impact of Gambling report and former premier’s comments

On 14 August 2014, the New South Wales Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Impact of Gambling presented its report to the New South Wales Government (available here). The report is the product of an extensive public inquiry by the Committee and contains 18 recommendations aimed at minimising the negative impacts of problem gambling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweep Day 2014: Global Coordinated Enforcement

Read here an article by DLA Piper Partner Carol Umhoefer, published in E-Commerce Law & Policy in July 2014 discussing how Internet Sweep Day illustrates trends in the data protection regulatory space.

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Important changes to Russian data protection rules

By Michael Malloy and Pavel Arievich

There has been an important development in Russian data protection law.

On 22 July 2014, a new law amending the Law on Data Protection and Law on Information was signed off by the Russian President and thus was officially adopted. The law will come into force on 1 September 2016.

The law requires all personal data operators to store and process any personal data of Russian individuals within databases located in Russia (subject to few excep-tions). The penalty for violation of this requirement is ultimately the blocking of websites involving unlawful han-dling of Russian personal data. A Register of Infringers of Rights of Personal Data Subjects shall be established by the Russian telecommunication authority (Roskomnadzor) and from there, Roskomnadzor may move to block websites. Read the rest of this entry »

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The US sanctions against Russia – in an evolving context, key points for business

By Ignacio E. Sanchez, Thomas M. deButts and Melanie Garcia

Starting in March of this year, the United States imposed economic sanctions in response to Russian-led actions in Ukraine. Since March, responding to the deteriorating situation, US sanctions have continued to escalate. For companies with business relationships in or related to Russia, this alert provides a recap of the current US sanctions. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 (please see our previous blog entry).

The Spanish club submitted an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee requesting also the suspension of the sanction. The Appeal Committee followed the FC Barcelona request and suspended the transfer ban while the appeal was pending (please see our previous blog entry).

The FIFA Appeal Committee has just decided to reject the appeal submitted by FC Barcelona as well as by the Spanish Football Federation and to confirm in their entirety the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Therefore, FC Barcelona will be unable to register any players for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015). Hence, the Spanish club will not be able to sign any new player until January 2016.

FC Barcelona has announced that will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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Italy – New rules on transfer of broadcasters / media services providers and network operators!

Further to a consultation process, this August, the Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni, “Agcom”), published a new regulation for the transfer of broadcasters’ ownership (Regulation no. 368/14/CONS, the “New Regulation“). Read the rest of this entry »

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Video Recordings Act 1984 (Exempted Video Works) Regulations 2014

 By Oliver Kichenside and Alasdair Muller

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has published regulations (“Regulations”) that amend the Video Recordings Act 1984 (“Act”).

The Act requires video works to be classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) before they can be sold in the UK. Previously, videos (other than video games) in physical formats (for example, DVDs) were exempt from such requirements if, taken as a whole, they were designed to inform, educate or instruct, or were concerned with sport, religion or music.

However, under the Regulations, which come in to force on 1 October 2014, this exemption will be removed so that music, sports, religious and educational videos will have to be classified if they contain material unsuitable for children.

The Regulations will not apply to the supply of a video work which was first placed on the market prior to 1 October 2014.

Online videos are also outside the scope of the Regulations. However, the UK music industry and the BBFC have announced a separate pilot scheme, also launched on 1 October 2014, for the age rating of online music videos. Consequently, music videos from the UK collection of each of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music which contain “material unsuitable for younger children” will in future display content information and a BBFC age rating in “search results and alongside the video player” on websites including YouTube and Vevo.

A copy of the Regulations can be found here.

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China to get new subscription streaming service

By Richard Wageman

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 Hunger Games films.

The service, named Lionsgate Entertainment World, will be available from August exclusively through Alibaba’s Internet television set-top boxes, according to an Alibaba statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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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, language, the British cultural aspects of the game, where certain work on the game is carried out and the residence or nationality of the creators of the video game. 

A game will pass the test if it scores at least 16 points; this allows the game’s development company to apply for their work to be certified as a British video game, a condition of eligibility for video games tax relief. 

The Regulations also stipulate what evidence must be provided alongside the application to the Secretary of State, including a statutory declaration made on behalf of the company as to the truth of the particulars given in the application.

A copy of the statutory instrument can be found here.

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UK Anti-Doping Secure First Lifetime Ban

By Alasdair Muller and Patrick Mitchell

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 Crown Court for conspiring to supply anabolic steroids.

Despite not being officially affiliated to any sporting organisation, Philip Tinklin’s involvement in the sport of boxing - transporting his own and other children to Welsh Amateur Boxing Association events - was found to be sufficient for him to be classified as “Athlete Support Personnel”, bringing him under the jurisdiction of UKAD.

The independent National Anti-Doping Panel found Tinklin to be in breach of the following anti-doping rules:

  •  Possession of one or more prohibited substances;
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking of prohibited substances; and
  • Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting or covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted anti-doping rule violation.

Philip Tinklin was banned for life.

Tinklin’s daughter Sophie, an amateur boxing champion, was also found in breach and received a four year ban after the Anti-Doping Tribunal rejected the argument that she was not aware of “what essentially amounted to the family business of anabolic steroid supply”.

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