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The Italian Communications Authority has just launched a consultation on Internet services and online advertising with the purpose of collecting opinions on the future of the Internet from users and operators. The topics for which opinions can be submitted include:fixed and movable means for the accessing to the webs (e.g. smartphones and tablets);operation systems and browsers;search engines and social networks;information services on the web, online newspaper and radio and TV companies websites and blogs;distribution and payment platforms;online audience detection systems;intermediary online advertising platforms and additional collectors of online advertising.Opinions shall be submitted by the 1st of July 2013 via email, but can be also twitted using the hashtag #consultagcom.This might be an interesting opportunity for companies that want to bring the attention...

The Italian gambling authority, AAMS, published the data on the Italian online gaming market for the first quarter of 2013 which show a minor reduction of spending of 0.2% compared to the same period of 2012, but what looks very interesting is that almost 50% of the spending in the market is generated by casino games and cash poker games. And casino games and cash poker games are the sole games currently subject to a gross profit tax regime. In particular, casino games saw a huge boost because of the launch of online slots in December 2012 with an increase of the spending of 84.7% which according to the AAMS report was due to the reduction of the Italian casino black...

After the recent conviction of a blogger, the Court of Rome (Italy) has now convicted to 9 months of imprisonment a Facebook page manager for the comments posted by its users because of the crime of "instigation and encouragement to commit crimes".The case related to a Facebook page against illegal billboards where users encouraged to take action against them. Because of such comments, a number of vandalism activities had taken place in Rome where over a hundred billboards had been spray blinded and such actions had given rise to a criminal claim against the manager of the Facebook page.As occurred in the previous case, the defendant had tried to allege that he had no control over the messages published but...

The court of Varese (Italy) held that a blogger was liable of the defamation crime because of the comments published by some of her users on a forum available on her blog since as administrator of the blog she had the "availability" of the website which triggered a liability for both the contents published by her and by third parties.This decision will lead to several discussions as you may remember that the Italian Court of Cassation (i.e. our Supreme Court) had taken a completely different view in the past. And it is interesting that the court held the defendant liable regardless of whether or not the contents published on the site had been filtered (i.e. had to be pre-apporoved by...

The Italian betting exchange regulations have been just published on the Official Gazette and will soon come into force. But the question is what will be the effect of betting exchange games in the Italian market?Betting exchange regulations provide a platform certification and approval process along the lines of what already prescribed for casino and card games. Also, the maximum winning will be € 10,000 and operators will be able to offer both events and types of odds included in AAMS official schedule and those customized events and types of odds submitted by them whose offering will soon be possible for fixed odd sportsbetting games. However, as occurred with the coming into force of bets on virtual events, the favourable tax...