Category Archive: Sports General

New licenses for online casinos in Germany?

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann After the elections in the German state Schleswig-Holstein the Christian Democrats, Free Democrats and Greens plan on a new gambling law in their coalition negotiations. The Greens mention on their website that the coalition does not want to implement the new State Treaty on Gambling into their state …

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E-Sport will finally be recognised as a sport in Poland

Rafał Burda and Wojciech Biegański On 14 March 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted a draft law amending the Act of 25 June 2010 on Sport (accessible here). The draft is currently subject to its first reading in parliament. The draft introduces an extension to the existing definition of sport, supplementing the solely physical activity …

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Proposed restrictions on gambling during broadcast (including online platforms) in Australia

On 6 May 2017 the Australian Government announced the Broadcast and Content Reform Package which, among other things, affects the current broadcasting regime that covers gambling advertising and promotions during live sports programmes. The reform package includes a prohibition on gambling promotions from five minutes before the scheduled start of play in all live sports broadcasts to five minutes …

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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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If you can’t beat them, block them. Section 115A strikes against piracy websites, this time for the music industry

By Rohan Singh, Jessica Noakesmith and Brett Shandler If you can’t beat them, block them. Section 115A strikes against piracy websites, this time for the music industry. Universal Music Australia Pty Limited v TPG Internet Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 435 (28 April 2017) (Universal Music) Last week in the Federal Court of Australia, over thirty …

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Regulations governing the reformed Horserace Betting Levy now in force

The long awaited Horseracing Betting Levy Regulations 2017 (the “Regulations”) come into force today (25th April 2017) following the grant of State Aid approval by the European Commission on 21st April 2017. The Regulations reform the statutory Horserace Betting Levy by extending its application to off-shore bookmakers (in its previous form the Horserace Betting Levy only …

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eSports YouTube star and business partner prosecuted for operating and promoting an unlicensed gambling website

By Greg Mason On 6 February 2017, in the first successful prosecution of its kind by the GB Gambling Commission, Craig Douglas (33) and Dylan Rigby (34) pleaded guilty to offences under the Gambling Act 2005 relating to unlicensed eSports gambling. Douglas, a prominent eSports YouTuber known as “NepentheZ”, was fined £91,000 for advertising unlawful …

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Ofcom publishes guidance on references to providers of technical information in sports television broadcasting

By Jonathan Salt Ofcom has published guidance on the established industry practice of broadcasting on-screen references to providers of technical information in sports programming. Rule 9.5 of The Ofcom Broadcasting Code (the “Code”) requires broadcasters to ensure that “no undue prominence may be given in programming to a product, service or trade mark. Undue prominence …

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China: Michael Jordan finally slam dunks his naming rights claim at the Supreme People’s Court

This is a very important decision because it sets a strong judicial precedent for foreign companies seeking to protect their intellectual property rights in China. On 8 December 2016, overturning the lower court decisions against Michael Jordan in a lengthy trademark dispute in China, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court rules that Jordan owns the legal …

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German Federal High Court: Clubs can pass on fines to rioting fans

A ruling handed down by the German Federal High Court in November determined for the first time that penalties imposed on a football club by the DFB based on a fan’s misbehavior can be passed on to the injuring party. Therefore, rioting fans could now be facing large claims for compensations. The fan’s liability is based on …

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