Gaming

New set of rules on taxation for gambling sector in Romania

On 29 December 2018 the final form of the law introducing new taxes for the online gambling sector was published in the Official Gazette by Government Emergency Ordinance no. 114/2018 (“GEO no. 114/2018”). GEO no. 114/2018 entered into force on the same day. 1. New tax duties for the online sector Article 53 of GEO no. 114/2018 provides that starting with 01 January 2019 the online gambling organizers are obliged to pay a monthly tax …

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Athletes’ Right of Publicity Claims Directed to Sports Video Games Not Preempted by Copyright Act

The California federal district court, in Davis v. Electronic Arts Inc., recently issued the latest in a series of decisions involving athletes’ right of publicity (“ROP”) claims aimed at Electronic Arts’ (“EA”) popular sports videogame franchise. The plaintiffs in Davis are retired NFL players and allege that EA violated their publicity rights by using their likenesses in EA’s Madden videogame series without authorization. EA moved to dismiss the operative complaint, arguing that the plaintiffs’ state-based ROP claims were preempted by federal copyright law. On December 11, 2017, the district court denied EA’s motion.

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

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 expressed thus far in the sports law with “competition based on intellectual activity aimed at achieving a sports result”.

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Polish blacklist of gambling websites

On 1 April 2017, the Polish Regulator set up a gambling domain names blacklist. It will contain all gambling games websites addressed to recipients in Poland (i.e. in particular the websites that are in Polish or are advertised in Poland) which are run by gambling operators that do not have a Polish licence. Any operator whose domain name is entered in the Register may appeal to the Polish Regulator (the Minister of Development and Finance) …

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