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AAMS has published the new protocol of communication that will regulate the offering of bingo games under the new regulations which will shortly come into force, but more interestingly AAMS published some FAQs on the future of Italian bingo regulations. As expected, the general impression is that AAMS is still willing to keep bingo as a very soft game and indeed, apparently it will not be possible for offer pre-seeded jackpots. Also, still to be decided is whether it will be possible to have aggregated jackpots between different halls.  However, it will be possible to have guaranteed prizes to be offered regardless of players' contributions and apparently there will not be major restrictions on bingo variations.  Indeed, this will be the major...

Mobile payment is more and more in the radar of IT companies and even Apple apparently will launch soon their mobile payment platform. However, what regulatory restrictions are applicable to the after the EU PSD Directive?In particular, mobile carriers and providers of services are willing to enable their users to pay for the purchase of goods and services through the funds available on their SIM card which in the case of pay-as-you-go phones would also allow to check the amount spent just as occurs in the case of prepaid cards.However, such solution faces some restrictions as the EU PSD Directive limited the offering of payment services to banks, e-money issuers, payment institutions providing an exemption for "payment transactions executed by...

The Italian competition authority sanctioned with a fine of EUR 150,000 the advertising over the Internet of a franchising network of travel agencies as the advertised affiliation price did not include the price for all the services and equipment required by the affiliation network and did not specify that value added tax had to be added to the advertised price. The Italian competition authority has jurisdiction on unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising whose regulations provide fines up to EUR 500,000 and this decision is interesting since it outlines the overlapping between franchising and advertising regulations. Indeed, Italian franchising law requires the provision to the franchisee of the franchising network agreement at least 30 days prior to its execution and the defendant had...

The criminal court of Rome seized 27 websites for copyright breach as through such websites it was possible to illegally download the movie A Monster in Paris. Italian copyright law sanctions with criminal penalties the illegal broadcasting of copyright protected works and the blocking of the access to websites through the filtering of domain names and DNS is becoming more and more a measure adopted by Italian courts against copyright breaches occurring on the Internet and indeed we recently reported that same blocking had been enforced against websites illegally streaming football matches. The seizure of the 27 websites represents the largest seizure of Internet contents performed in a western country.   It is arguable that the DNS blocking is an effective measure since...

AAMS has just published the draft version of the new protocol of communication PSQF introducing the possibility to offer sportsbetting markets not included in the AAMS' official schedule, the so called palinsesto. We previously reported that the draft decree allowing operators to offer in addition to the type of bets and events included in the AAMS' official schedule their own customised sportsbetting bets had been submitted to the European Commission. The draft decree has been approved by the European Commission and AAMS is completing the technical developments necessary in order to enable the offering of such games in compliance with Italian technical and regulatory requirements.  This is the reason why the new draft protocol of communication of the data between operators' servers...

The Bank of Italy has issued indicators of suspicious money laundering conducts with which both banks dealing with gaming operators and gaming operators themselves shall comply.  As previously reported, Italian anti-money laundering law provides specific provisions in relation to the gaming sector and operators are subject to very stringent requirements. In this respect, the new indicators identified by the Bank of Italy shall require the update of the anti-money laundering policy of both banks and operators.   In particular, Italian law provides a very sophisticated system of notification of suspicious conducts to the UIF, the department of the Bank of Italy dedicated to anti-money laundering, through a web functionality and if a bank or a gaming operator does not perform the notification when according...

The Italian communications authority has just approved the regulations on the bidding process for the allocation of DTT frequencies (multiplex).The regulations are the result of a consultation process that involved various stakeholders and the European Commission. According to the new regulations 3 multiplexes will be made available for 20 years. No operator is allowed to hold more than 5 muxes and operators holding 3 or more muxes cannot participate to the bid. Moreover, in order to guarantee a free market competition, new entrants or “small” operators (holding only 1 mux) can bid for all the 3 muxes, while operators holding 2 muxes can bid for 2 of the 3 reserved muxes. Operators active through other platforms can bid for only...

There will be No additional taxes on online gaming in Italy according to what declared by the director general of the Italian gambling authority, Mr. Luigi Magistro, at the online gaming conference organized by the European Social and Economic Committee. Mr. Magistro took a very wise position stating that the taxation in the online gaming sector needs to be low because this might be the sole effective measure against the competition from unlicensed operators. A low taxation may as a consequence be the most effective measure to push operators to comply with the Italian online gaming regulations.   Additionally, an increase in the taxation in the online sector would not bring relevant advantages to the entries of the State if it is considered...