Category Archive: Internet

Update on the new AML Act in Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The new German Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act entered into force on 26 June 2017 after it has been published in the Federal Law Gazette. The new AML Act brings three important changes for gambling companies: Extension of the scope from online to offline gambling and from licensed to unlicensed gambling Revised AML measures …

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New AML Act for Germany – impact on gambling operators

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The financial committee of the Federal Parliament agreed on amendments to the new German Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act (Geldwäschegesetz, GwG) yesterday. The new law will bring important changes for gambling operators. While the scope of the new AML Act will be extended from online gambling to also …

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AVMSD Reform: Focus on Video-Sharing Platforms

As broadly known, the EU Commission on May 25, 2016 published its proposal for a reform of the audio-visual media services Directive no. 2010/13/EU (“Proposal“, available here).  The Proposal is currently under scrutiny: in particular, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education on April 25, 2017, voted to amend the Proposal.  The subject matter …

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Filmspeler – Sale of “fully-loaded” IPTV boxes and “unlawful use”

By Alastair Mackichan, John Cloke and John Wilks In another welcome decision for content owners and broadcasters, the CJEU has dealt a significant blow to the business models of those individuals looking to profit from the sale of pre-configured media players which provide end-users with hyperlinks to copyright-infringing Internet streams. Share this

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TV Catchup – CJEU gives little air time to retransmission defence

By Alastair Mackichan The Court of Justice of the European Union has put to bed any doubt as to whether section 73 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act (“CDPA”) is compatible with the EU Copyright Directive. Section 73 provides a defence against copyright infringement for operators of cable platforms in relation to the retransmission …

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UK: Search engines agree to demote pirate sites in search result listings

By John Wilks and Alastair Mackichan The UK Intellectual Property Office (the “IPO”) announced last month that Google and Bing have agreed to enter into a voluntary code of practice with the UK creative industries (represented by the British Phonographic Industry, the Motion Picture Association and the Alliance for Intellectual Property) (the “Code”). The “Code …

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Sports betting does not require a German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (OVG NRW) ruled in a recent decision that sports betting intermediation by an EU-licensed provider does not require a(n additional) German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment. With this decision the court takes a very liberal stance. Yet, this …

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Filmspeler – Advocate General applies linking case law to Internet media players

By John Cloke, John Wilks and Alastair Mackichan Hot on the coattails of the CJEU’s ruling in GS Media (see here), the court’s Advocate General has come down hard on the seller of pre-configured media players which give access to pirated content over the Internet, in his advisory opinion in the Filmspeler case delivered last …

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Unlawful prohibition of sports betting in Germany

The Federal Administrative Court of Germany (BVerwG) ruled in a recent decision that if the state monopoly for sports betting persists an administrative prohibition of sports betting without a German sports betting concession would be unlawful. This decision ties in with a recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). There the ECJ ruled …

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Digital Content Distribution: the EU Commission Inquiry

A few weeks ago the EU Commission published the preliminary report of its inquiry on the e-commerce sector launched in May 2015, in the context of the Digital Single Market Strategy, DSM Strategy. The Inquiry is investigating both online sales of consumer goods and sale / license of digital content, and the latter is the subject …

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