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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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“).
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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.
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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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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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