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Life is becoming more and more difficult for gaming and gambling providers in Italy. Indeed, the Parliament has recently approved a law prescribing the implementation of an action plan against unlawful gaming especially in the online sector.This measure follows the coming into force of a law introducing criminal sanctions up to 3 years of imprisonment for the provision online or offline of gaming, betting and gambling activities to the benefit of Italian residents without an Italian gaming license. Indeed, Italian law prescribes that only providers (wherever located) holding an Italian gaming license issued by the Italian gaming authority can offer gaming and betting services to Italian residents.However, this statutory obligation is difficult to implement in the online world since websites...

The Italian Senate has just passed a new law that further regulates the always closer launch of the so called "Videolottery" (VLT) i.e. video terminals to be placed in gaming halls and that will randomly generate winning combinations. The new law prescribes that - up to the expire of the current network licenses concerning the so called NewSlots (a type of legalised slot machines) - the network licenses for VLTs will be assigned to the current NewSlot licensees which will require the extension of their license by November 20, 2009 AND to other operators selected by the Italian gaming authority (AAMS) which shall fulfill the same conditions required to the current licensees. This measure is clearly aimed at allowing the...

As part of a project aimed at fostering the development and internationalisation of the companies, the Italian Parliament has recently passed a law prescribing, among others, the corporate liability for copyright related crimes.Indeed, Italian copyright law already prescribed criminal sanctions for the provision to the public on communications networks of copyright protected works (e.g. through P2P networks) and for the copying and publication of films and television programs (e.g. on video hosting websites) in breach of copyright owners' rights, but such sanctions could be enforced only against the natural persons responsible for the unlawful conduct (e.g. the director managing the department responsible for the conduct). Following the coming into force of the new law, also the company itself can now...