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Do you want to improve your knowledge of media, e-commerce and IT law sectors and you do not know what master to choose? Here is a good opportunity for you. The University of Milan organizes a master on media and e-commerce which looks quite impressive. The lecturers are legal counsels and lawyers from the most relevant companies and law firms operating in Italy, can be attended also by people with a full time job as the time schedule of the lessons is quite convenient and you can also earn 24 points for the lawyers professional training.The registrations are open only from 15 September to 17 October 2011, hurry up!...

The long awaited call for tenders for the award of new Italian licences on videolotteries and AWPs has finally been launched. Entities applying for a licence shall submit their application by the 10th of October 2011.   The requirements and obligations prescribed by the call for tenders are quite stringent. Applying entities shall:be gaming and network operators based in a country of the European Economic Area - this requirement does not prevent the participation to the application procedure of non-gaming companies if they set up a JV with a gaming operator therefore for instance media and telecom companies might tender for the licence;  have accrued (singolarly or through the different companies that are part of the JV) during 2009-2010 a minimum turnover of...

The topic of this summer in the Italian gaming market relates to the Stanleybet claims brought against the decrees regulating the issue of new Italian remote gaming licenses (the so called "Comunitaria decree"). No official statements have been issued but apparently Stanleybet brought two claims against the decree regulating the award of the new licenses and against the Comunitaria decree because they allege (again!) their lack of compliance with the EU principles. The reaction from the Italian Gaming Authority, AAMS, was to precautionary suspend the issue of new licenses up to the hearing on the interim suspension of the decrees that is expected to take place between the end of August and the beginning of September. The outcome of the dispute is still uncertain and...

After a delay of more than 2 years Italian online casino and cash poker games have been finally launched today! These new games are expected to lead to an hystorical change in a country where only 4 casinos are active and criminal laws prohibit the opening of new casinos. New entrants now applying for an Italian online licence are getting ready as soon as possible. Need more information on the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio....

The Italian Court of Appeal overturned the recent decision of the Court of Rome reported in a previous post against Yahoo! on the Internet liability regime appliable to search engines relating to the alleged breach by Yahoo! of intellectual property rights through links to websites allowing the streaming view, the downloading or P2P transfer of the movie "About Elly".

Following the completion of the highly debated consultation concerning Italian regulations governing the liability of Internet Service Providers for copyright breaches, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) has issued a draft of the new regulations.Important changes have been implemented compared to the previous draft subject of the consultation including:the provisions allowing the AGCOM to order the blocking/filtering of the access by Italian to illegal websites have been removed;the challenging proceeding before the AGCOM has become always a mere alternative to the court proceeding; the timeframe of the notice and take down proceeding - based on the model of the DMCA - has been extended to avoid the risk of summary judgments by the AGCOM. ISPs will have a 4 days period...

The Italian Government is in the process of adopting, as part of the so called Budget law, a Law Decree containing a number of provisions that might lead to a revolution in the gaming sector.In brief the most relevant provisions are:New VLT Licences: a call for tenders for the award of new videolottery licences will be launched by 30 September 2011 – this might be a great opportunity also for foreign operators that might have much more experience in a sector that is very new for Italian operators; Live Poker: a call for tenders for the award of 1,000 live poker licences will be launched by 30 November 2011 – AAMS will set out the rules of the game and a...

As anticipated the Italian Gambling Authority, AAMS, and the French Gambling Authority, ARJEL, have been negotiating a bilateral agreement that should enhance the cooperation between the two regulators. According to a press release issued by AAMS, the bilateral agreement has been now signed. This represents the first agreement between gambling regulators of two different jurisdictions and, according to the press release, the purpose of the agreement is to foster the cooperation against illegal websites, encourage the compliance with ethical principles in sports competitions and monitor and support operators acting legally and protect players.In particular, it will be very important the cooperation against illegal websites that offer games to Italian/French players without holding an Italian/French gambling licence. Indeed, the illegal market might be among the...

The Italian Gaming Authority has now published the data relating to the Italian online gaming market up to May 2011. The data show a reduction of in the turnover generated by online sportsbetting games of 2.7% compared to the same month of last year which might be due to the end of the Italian football championship and the lack of interest on the last matches. But what raises more concerns is the reduction in the turnover (equal to € 247,803,388) generated by skill game + poker tournament games of 12.7 % compared to May 2010. It is difficult to understand the reason of such reduction, however a possible explanation might be that operators are postponing their main advertising campaigns waiting for the launch of casino and cash...