DLA Piper Gaming event before the ICE. Come and join us!

DLA Piper gambling event will take place the day before the beginning of the ICE gaming conference in London. It has now become a tradition for legal experts, business managers and advisors to meet up for a thorough update on the development of the global gaming market. Gambling regulatory regimes are in a constant state of change. New markets are opening up, new licenses are available and new obligations are being imposed on operators and …

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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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Further changes to PIT exemption for gaming players in Poland

Starting from 2018 PIT exemptions for gambling winnings were changed. In particular, all types of gambling (therefore, online casino as well) organized and run by an eligible entity under the gambling legislation in force in a Member State of the European Union or in another country belonging to the European Economic Area are PIT exempt only if the one-time value of winnings does not exceed PLN 2280 (only winnings in a poker tournament are subject to exemption without limitation).

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New Italian online gaming licenses now available!

The tender for the award of new Italian online gaming licenses has now been launched, but operators have to hurry up! The long awaited Italian online gaming licenses are now available and below is the basic information that you need to know How Italian online gaming licenses are going to be awarded? The main terms of the tender are the following: 1. How many Italian online gaming licenses? There will be 120 licenses to be awarded on a “first come first …

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Follow-us! Audiovisual Finance: the New Italian Cinema Law – DLA Piper Rome, Via dei Due Macelli 66 – 11:00 AM, 6 December 2017

Follow us (Rome, Via dei Due Macelli 66, 6 December 2017, 11:00 AM) for our roundtable on the Decrees implementing the Italian Law no. 220/2016 (“Cinema Law”) and the related investment opportunities concerning audiovisual works (including tax credit, automatic contribution, protection of minors and European works). We will also analyze the financing structures of audiovisual and theatrical works. Our panelists will include producers of audiovisual (Andrea Buonaguidi, Palomar) and theatrical (Federica Lucisano, Gruppo Lucisano) works, …

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UK Autumn Budget 2017

On Wednesday 22 November, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Autumn 2017 Budget. The most significant announcement (though absent from the Chancellor’s speech) was that, from April 2019, the UK will be imposing UK tax on gains made by non-residents disposing of UK commercial property whether directly or via property-rich companies or other entities.

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Can a TV show format acquire copyright protection?

Many years ago the Courts determined that there was no copyright in the format for the “Opportunity Knocks” game show (see Green v New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation [1989] 2 All ER 1056) and since then several other claims to copyright in TV formats have failed when considered under English law.

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Cinema and audiovisual media services: A wider protection for EU works

On 2 October 2017, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a new Legislative Decree (“Decree“), aimed at ensuring a wider protection to EU (and Italian) works in the audiovisual media services (“AVMS“) sector. A brief outline of the new provisions is set out below. A. The Main Contents of the Decree The Decree amends Article 44 of the Italian AVMS Code (Legislative Decree no. 177/2005 and ff. amendments), setting forth the general framework for the …

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Changes to the law on Sport in Poland

The new Polish Sports Law that came into force on 12 September 2017 introduces important changes with respect to the regulatory aspects of sport as well as some organisational and structural changes to sport in Poland that are aimed at conforming with modern standards of sports regulation.

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