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Saturday, October 30, 2010
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The Italian Gambling Authority (AAMS) has provided some clarifications on the locations where operators will be entitled to install videolotteries.
In particular, the AAMS clarified that it will be possible to install VLTs not only in bingo halls, betting and gaming shops and gaming halls where other entertainment machine have to be located, but also in gaming halls where only AWPs and VLTs can be installed. These halls cannot have as their main business the offer of food and beverages (like in bars, restaurants etc.), but such services can be a mere accessory to the offer of games.
However, what sounds more interesting in the decision of the AAMS is that it appears that it will be possible to have hotels, bars and restaurants “attached” to gaming halls as far as they have a separate entrance. Therefore, it is likely that in the next months we will see the first “Vegal-style hotels” in Italy whose ground floor will be a VLT casino with a separate entrance.
This represents a considerable opportunity especially for foreign investors that will be able to reproduce in Italy the “format” successfully adopted abroad and the forthcoming award of new VLT licenses in 2011 and issue of regulations on live poker games make this scenario even more attractive.
Do you want to know more about the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio.   
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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The Italian Court of Cassation (the Italian Supreme Court) has issued a groundbreaking decision on the liability regime applicable to editors of online newspapers, blogs and forums. Indeed, the Italian criminal code  prescribes that editors of printed newspapers and other journals are "objectively" liable for any content published on their newspapers despite of their lack of knowledge of the challenged such material, even though they had not been negligent in the monitoring of the published articles.
This provision has been the basis of some court decisions where judges have not only prescribed that editors of online newspapers are subject to the same regime applicable to editors of printed press materials, but also stated that Internet hosting providers are liable for any content published by their users, in clear contrast with the non-monitoring principle set forth in the EU E-Commerce Directive
Now the Court of Cassation held that online press materials (including online newspapers, forums, blogs) are not equal to printed materials and the liability regime applicable to materials published on the Internet is the one set forth in the E-Commerce Directive.
This decision is likely to create a higher level of trust by online operators towards the Italian market that after the recent YouTube/R.T.I. and Google cases had been discouraged from targeting this market. 
Do you want more information on the above? Do you want to discuss the implications of this decision on your business? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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I am delighted to inform you that I have been invited to speak at the webinar named “Italy Remote Gaming Regulations” that it will take place on Monday 15 November.
If you want to register for the webinar, please visit www.italywebinar.com or drop an email to me, Giulio Coraggio and I will forward it to the webinar’s organizers.
I hope it will be an interesting opportunity to exchange some useful information on the current and upcoming opportunities in the Italian online gaming market.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
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It is happening more and more during the last months that some of my gaming clients/contacts ask me for information in relation to potential partners interested in joint ventures or different partnership deals to enter into the Italian gaming market.
Indeed, a joint venture or a partnership between a gaming operator and a media, telecom, marketing or software company is a option currently available according to the draft decree governing the upcoming issue of new online gaming licenses in Italy and will be available in relation to the licenses concerning videolotteries that will be available in 2011.
Do you want to discuss the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
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The European Court of Justice has issued an interesting decision on the so called "private copy levy" i.e. the EU Copyright Directive allows EU Member States to introduce an excepction to the exclusive right of authors, performers and producers to reproduce sound, visual or audiovisual material in relation to copies of such material performed for private purposes. However, the "private copying" can be authorised only if rightholders obtain a "fair compensation".
As a consequence of such provision, a number of EU Member States including Italy (See "Private Copy Levy: Italian Government extends it to Mobile Phones") have introduced a fee to be paid on the sale of equipment through which private copies are likely to be performed. However, the European Court of Justice in a decision relating to the Spanish private copy levy outlined a necessary link between the application of the private copying levy to the sale of equipment and its use for private copying i.e. the private copy levy can be applied only if the rightholders can suffer a damage because of the use of the relative equipment, devices and media for private purposes.
Therefore in case of sale of equipment to businesses and in general by entities other than natural persons the private copy levy cannot be applied since the private copy through such equipment cannot occur.
Do you want to discuss about the implications of this decision for your business? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
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As anticipated in the previous posts the draft decrees regulating:
in Italy have been subject to the review of the European Commission for a 3 months period. The good news is that the so called “stand still” period has now expired and, according to the publicly available information, no comments have been raised by the EC and the EU Member States.
This means that the final decrees are likely to be approved in the next weeks which is expected to lead to the launch of casino and poker cash games by the end of the year and the award of new remote gaming licenses by the beginning of 2011.
A completely new market is about to open up in Italy and new entrants should get ready to apply for an Italian license to be able to start offering their games to Italian players before the market positions are consolidated.
Do you want to know more about the above? Please contact me, Giulio Coraggio
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