Russia: Navigating the new Russian media law

By Steffen Kaufmann and Elena Kurchuk.

On 14 October 2014 the Russian president signed a law incorporating important amendments (“Amendment”) to the federal law “on the mass media” (“Law”). The Amendment, which comes into force on 1 January 2016, introduces strict limitations on the ability of foreign entities to own, control or run Russian media businesses.

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HUB FOCUS: Recent music trends in Australia

Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space.

As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focussing on recent trends in the music industry in Australia.

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FIFA recommends a November/December schedule for World Cup 2022

By Danielle Sharkey

Following a meeting of key football officials in Doha, FIFA has made an announcement today (24 February 2015) recommending that, given the extreme high temperatures in Qatar in summer months, November and December is the most sensible period in which to hold the World Cup tournament in 2022. This announcement follows a six month consultation carried out by FIFA’s Task Force.

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Italy: Stability Law and Media – Every light has its shadow

Besides the patent box (see Roberto’s post), the Italian “Stability Law 2015″ (Legge di Stabilità) introduced a bundle of new provisions concerning the allocation of frequencies and impacting local audiovisual media services. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media, Sport & Entertainment Webinar 2015: On-line media piracy update: IPTV boxes, Vines, Virtual private networks

On-line media piracy update: IPTV boxes, Vines, Virtual private networks
Wednesday 25 February 2015
3.00 – 4.00 pm GMT

We are delighted to invite you to the next session in our series of one hour webinars. This webinar will focus on On-line media piracy.

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HUB FOCUS: Recent film trends in the UAE

Our global Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub provides insights into various legal and commercial issues impacting on this space.

As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focussing on recent trends in the film industry in the UAE.

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Spain: Mr. Grey or Mr. Koldo- Profiling Spain’s cinema-goers

By Andrea Batalla and Diego Ramos

One year ago a modest, soft romantic comedy with a great dose of humour and references to countryside life and open mock of controversial political issues (“Ocho Apellidos Vascos“) saw its theatrical release in Spain. It should have been a low profile, short-lived movie. It was not. One year later it has made nearly USD 80 million just for theatrical sales in Spain. Over 10 million viewers (in a country with a population of just 47 million). One of the most seen movies in the history of Spanish cinema (without an international public). The conclussion would be simple: the Spanish public loves that sort of movie. Producers should simply follow the same path to make money.

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Spain: From Mediapro to Telefonica- Major shift in Barça’s media rights

By Andrea Batalla and Diego Ramos

Monday 16 February 2015 brought a small earthquake in the Spanish media rights market. FC Barcelona (“Barça”) decided after eight seasons of close cooperation with Spanish leading media corporation MediaPro to assign its media rights for season 2015-2016 to Spanish-based global media and telecommunications giant Telefonica. According to the media, the price paid by Telefonica would be Euro 140 million. Following the same reports, the deal would also include a sponsorhip agreement and the assignment of the exploitation of Barça TV channel.

This move is very relevant for a number of reasons. To start with, the two leading football clubs in Spain (Barça and Real Madrid) shall not have the same media partner for the first time in many years (Real Madrid remains a MediaPro ally). Second, it reflects that the upcoming elections are not delaying the dynamism in the management of Barça (which recently appointed a new panel of sports managers for the football division, including senior figure Ariedo Braida, a legend of AC MIlan management team). Third, it marks a milestone in a context of some tension between big clubs (Real Madrid and Barça sharing a slice that is little less than 40% of the broadcasting rights cake) and the other Spanish football clubs that share the rest of the cake. Rumours of lock-outs and other actions have been heard over the last months, but no one wants to show a high profile that could cause the plans of the Spanish Government to regulate the centralized sale of media rights of professional Spanish football to derrail. An exciting scenario is ahead and not just for the thrilling fight at the top of La Liga between Real Madrid, Barça and Atletico…

 

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Global: Lance Armstrong to pay US$10 million to SCA Promotions

On 4 February 2015, an arbitration panel (in a 2-1 decision) ordered Lance Armstrong to pay US$10 million to SCA Promotions (SCA), a sports insurance company, for US$12 million worth of bonuses received for his seven Tour de France wins.

In 2005, Armstrong was involved with a prior dispute with SCA whereby he claimed entitlement to bonuses. In those proceedings, he stated under oath that he was not taking performance enhancing drugs. Without probative evidence, SCA Promotions settled the case for US$7.5 million.

In January 2013, Armstrong confessed to taking performance-enhancing drugs in each of his Tour de France wins. He was issued with a life ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and stripped of all his Tour de France titles.

SCA has now commenced proceedings in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas to confirm the arbitration award. The summary of the proceedings can be viewed here.

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Italy: Internet of Things – When your yogurt pots start talking to you

When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009.

A lot changed since 2009: (i) there are little doubts about the relevance of IoT (estimated 25 billion connected devices by the end of this year – see here on encouraging trends); and (ii) the role that can be played by regulators in fostering growth of IoT related businesses (whilst some regulators already took action, more is expected in the near future).

Very recently, the national authorities in the United States, United Kingdom and Italy addressed concerns and proposed certain best practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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