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prize promotions

€ 3+ million sanction issued for unlawful prize promotions in Italy

A € 3+ million sanction was issued against a multinational company by the Italian Competition Authority for prize promotions unlawfully performed. The regime for prize promotions in Italy The complexity of Italian prize promotion regulations, which in some…

gaming taxes

How Italian web tax might impact online operators?

15 November, 2016 - 7:48 am in e-commerce, Internet, Internet liability, liability ISP

A proposal for an Italian web tax applicable to foreign online e-commerce and gaming operators might have a relevant impact on their business. The long…

Internet liability

Mere conduit Internet liability rules have their milestone decision

24 September, 2016 - 7:33 am in Internet liability, liability ISP

Internet liability rules don't oblige telecom and Internet providers to monitor their traffic and automatically remove contents in breach of copyright…


Digitalization boosted by new electronic signature rules

14 September, 2016 - 6:58 pm in e-commerce, Internet liability, liability ISP

The digitalization of businesses might find a major help thanks to new Italian regulations considerably lightening the requirements applicable to electronic signatures. The previous obstacle to digitalization A considerable issue in the process of digitalization…

snippet tax

A Google snippet tax across Europe?

31 August, 2016 - 11:54 pm in Internet liability, liability ISP

A Google snippet tax on news online might be introduced through a reform of European copyright law, but is this move beneficial to everyone? The scenario in the European news market In a document relating to the impact assessment on modernisation of European…


WhatsApp and Messenger shall pay to the network?

7 July, 2016 - 8:21 am in Internet, Internet liability, liability ISP

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram etc. might have to pay for their usage of telecom networks as their services can be substitutable of traditional telecom services.  I had discussed last year about the investigation launched by the Italian communications…

Internet liability

Internet liability rules overturned again

Internet liability rules suffered a "back to the past" effect in Italy after the decision of the Court of Rome, despite of the recent position of European courts on the matter. The recent case law on Internet liability The decision of the European Court of…

shared economy

Sharing economy targeted by Italian tax bill

7 March, 2016 - 9:00 am in Internet, Internet liability, liability ISP

Sharing economy platforms might be subject to burdensome obligations as a consequence of an Italian tax bill, but are such obligations compliant with EU laws? The proposal recently submitted to the Italian Parliament targets individuals that share their goods…


eCommerce has its compulsory online dispute resolution

12 January, 2016 - 8:00 am in e-commerce, Internet liability, liability ISP

The launch of an online dispute resolution platform by the European Commission might be a milestone for eCommerce and any B2C dispute in Europe.  The frequent issue in eCommerce disputes is that consumers are not willing to bear the costs of a dispute since…


EU cybersecurity rules to foster the IoT

14 December, 2015 - 12:00 pm in Internet liability, liability ISP

A European cybersecurity directive is upcoming and will lead to considerable obligations, but also more certainty that might support the growth of the IoT.The Council of the European Union reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on the approval…