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What will be the outcome of the battle between .COM and .Country? Is social gaming a must-have for operators? How can we invest in the current regulatory uncertainty? These are some of the gaming law topics that I had the opportunity to discuss during the ICE Gaming Conference just finished in London. You may have a different view but these are my top 5 takeaways from the conference:1. .COM vs .COUNTRY - is the end of .COM so close?With the upcoming setting up of the licensing regime in the UK, the general comment from the attendees was that if an operator wants to offer its games in Europe, it will be quite hard to rely anymore on a so called European...

The fight between YouTube and the Italian TV company Mediaset on Internet liability principles continues! The Spanish court of Appeal held that YouTube is a mere hosting provider rather than a content provider and therefore not liable for the publication by its users of videos infringing the copyrights of Telecinco, the Spanish harm of the Italian TV company Mediaset. But this battle follows an interim proceeding with a different outcome in Italy.In a nutshell, Telecinco had alleged that Youtube was liable for the videos published by their users infringing Telecinco's copyright. But the court held that since YouTube is a hosting provider the liability exemption and the lack of a monitoring obligation on the activity of its users provided by...

€ 226 million of GGR achieved by the Italian online casino market in 2013 are expected to double if following the potential new approach from casino game suppliers a substantial portion of the current black market will migrate to licensed websites. And this circumstance together with the launch of additional products under the refreshed gaming law regime is creating a new interest for the Italian remote gaming market. But the process to obtain an Italian remote gaming license is more complicated than expected.

€ 1.3 bn is the value of sales from Italian fashion websites in 2013 with an increase year by year of 30+% and considerable potentials for further growth since it represents only 20% of the total value of the Italian B2C e-commerce sector. These are some of the topics together with wearable technology issues impacting on the Internet of Things covered in the very interesting #Fashiononline event that took place in Milan (Italy).

Italian regulations introducing a new enforcement proceeding for the copyright breaches occurring on the Internet recently approved might be now reviewed in the light of doubts raised by the European Commission. But in absence of that businesses should now get ready to comply!The regulations had been criticized by commentators because of the lack of consistency of the definitions with the language used in the EU E-Commerce Directive, but also because the Communications Authority (AGCOM) is a Governmental authority rather than a court and would vest itself with the powers of a tribunal even setting out the rules that it will be required to enforce. As required by EU laws, the draft regulations had been notified to the European Commission and subject...

Gambling regulators of France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK joined last week the Italian online gambling regulator in Rome to discuss about the future of the European gambling sector that might lead to some improvements as well as some concerns especially for game suppliers.An improvement might arise from the development of common technical standards and the transfer of test results between jurisdictions in order to allow operators to rely on economies of scale given from holding a license in different regulated markets. Indeed at the moment a major issue is given by the lack of consistency between regulations of different jurisdictions which forces operators to start from scratch the setting up and the technical standard approval whenever they approach...

On Friday 24 January 2014 at 9.15, we will be holding a very interesting event named #FASHIONLINE - Fashion bloggers, e-commerce & wearable technology issues in collaboration with Borsa Italiana (the Milan stock exchange) in Milan at Palazzo Mezzanotte.