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The Criminal Court of Milan ordered to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block the access from Italy to websites broadcasting football matches of RTI TV programs in breach of copyright laws.Italian copyright law provides criminal sanctions for the illegal broadcasting through channels of communication of copyright protected works. The Italian Supreme Court had held in the past that while football matches per se are not copyright protected works, the video recording of such events is copyright protected. On such understanding, the Criminal Court of Milan held as part of an interim proceeding that a number of websites that were either streaming in real time or making available on request TV programs produced by the Italian TV company RTI (part of the Mediaset group) showing...

As previously mentioned, new Italian new online bingo regulations had been notified and approved by the European Commission even if they have not yet come into force. However, a further step forward has been achieved now. AAMS published the draft version of the protocol of communication for the new bingo subject to a consultation. There will be a consultation period lasting up to the 22nd of February 2013 when operators can file questions, requests of clarifications and comments and it is likely that operators will be able to launch the new bingo before the summer 2013.   This regulatory change will be crucial for the future of the Italian online bingo market. The main current problem in the Italian online bingo market is given indeed by the fact that online bingo...

The Court of Appeal of Milan (Italy) acquitted 3 managers of Google that had been sanctioned to 6 months of imprisonment because of a privacy breach related to a video showing an handicapped young guy posted by a user on Google Video. The Court of First Instance indeed had held in 2010 that the privacy of the guy showed in the video had been breached since no privacy information notice had been provided and privacy consent had been given by his parents to the processing of his personal data which included also sensitive data relating to his health conditions due to his handicaps.  Such decision had been very controversial and indeed it was unclear the role and the safeguards that Google...

Rules on cookies in Italy implementing the E-Cookies Directive in Italy requiring the prior consent from users to the installation of cookies on their PCs were meant to be followed by guidelines from the Italian Data Protection Authority (the "DPA") identifying the most efficient and practical ways to implement such obligation. For this purpose the DPA has now launched a consultation.

The UK gambling draft regulations that if enacted will require offshore operators to obtain a UK Gambling Commission licence in order to transact with, and advertise to, British customers have been published.As a result of being licensed in Great Britain, operators will be subject to all the conditions of the Gambling Act 2005 and its corresponding regulations and all the UK Gambling Commission's policies and requirements. Although dealt with separately, operators will also be liable to pay tax on gross gaming yield for all transactions with British customers, which in all likelihood will be 15%. The Government's reasoning for the reforms stems from consumer protection concerns; the fact that customers can transact with operators that are licensed in numerous offshore jurisdictions...

As expected, after a year of delay online slots have been finally launched on Italian licensed websites today. 53 licensed websites have started offering over 1,400 slot games making the array of games available on Italian licensed platforms much more attractive. Indeed, online slots represent between 70% and 80% of the turnover of online casino operators and their launch together with more stringent measures against the so called "totem" and non-licensed websites, are likely to lead to a considerable growth in the Italian online gaming market. Indeed, the major issue of Italian licensed platforms so far has been the competition from unlicensed sites since the size of the black market in the online casino sector was expected to be 70% of the actual market because of...