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After wearable technologies, special rules for foreign franchisors in Italy, 3D Printers à la mode, social media and fashion and online retail, this post drafted by my colleague Giangiacomo Olivi, will review the competition issues relating to distribution strategies in the fashion & retail sectors, from franchising and network agreements to commissioning, advanced licencing and, of course, e-commerce.We have found out is that there is still some confusion about selective and exclusive distribution. With a selective distribution, the supplier undertakes to sell its products only to selected distributors, which in turn undertake not to sell the relevant products to other unauthorised distributors. On the contrary, with an exclusive distribution, the supplier agrees to sell its products to only one distributor for resale in a particular...

Is the Italian sportsbetting market going up or down?The approval of Italian sportsbetting regulations allowing the offering of bets and events not included in the official schedule issued by the regulator (the so called "palinsesto ufficiale") had been by operators as a crucial milestone in the growth of the Italian sportsbetting market, but the future growth will depend on whether the current uncertainty will be sorted.Operators that from the launch of sportsbetting games in Italy had been constrained in their offering which was limited to the events and odds identified, approved and verified by the regulator and the competition between operators was limited to just the most attractive odds, believed that they might finally be able to offer under their...

As part of the series of posts on fashion related topics, we previously discussed about wearable technologies and franchising agreements while in this post my colleague Gualtiero Dragotti will focus on an issue already touched in a previous post i.e. the friction between traditional intellectual property rights and 3D printing technologies.

As part of the series of posts on the most relevant legal matters affecting the fashion industry, we discussed about wearable technologies and privacy while here is a post from my colleague Stefania Baldazzi on legal issues affecting franchising in Italy being franchising agreements one the most common contractual arrangements used in the fashion sector. In particular, we will review the issues that a foreign franchisor needs to consider before entering into the Italian market.

Wearables and the Internet of Things are one of the most discussed at the moment with a considerable potential impact on our approach to technologies in the next years. But, with the huge amount of personal data relating to users as well as images/sounds on the people/events around him collected by means of such devices and the possibility to very easily share them on the Internet, the impact on privacy rights of these technologies will require a careful review.

Data protection issues have become quite popular after the settlement approved by the US District Court of Northern California obliging Facebook to pay $20 million for putting users' names and faces in "Sponsored Story" ads without their permission and without paying them.  And the question is how social media companies will react to obligations imposed by European data protection laws. 

the 12 months ban on gaming in Italy is likely to be a joke! The Italian gaming market has suffered a period of high tension today when the Italian Parliament has approved a motion instructing the Goverment to urgently ban for 12 months both online gaming and land-based gaming systems located in public places (i.e. AWP and VLTs). However, the Ministry of Finance immediately issued a statement declaring that such motion is inapplicable and would create catastrophic consequences in terms of claims from operators, massive loss in tax entries and fostering of the gambling black market. While the political party named Lega Nord is celebrating for the victory of their motion totally ignoring its potential consequences, the Italian Ministry of Finance thoroughly...