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The European Court of Justice issued a relevant ruling in relation to the courts having jurisdiction on disputes arising from defamation occurred through an Internet website.  The court held that in case of defamation occurred through the Internet the victim can bring the claim:either before the courts of its place of residence and in such case he will be entitled to recover all of the damages caused in all the EU Member States; or before the courts of the place where the contents are made available but in such case the claim shall be limited to the damages caused only in the jurisdiction of that specific court.This approach is the result of the interpretation of Article 5.3 of the EU Regulation...

The Italian Gambling Authority has published the data relating to the Italian remote gaming market as of September 2011 and interesting information can be gained.The most relevant data concern the recently launched games i.e. cash poker and casino games. Indeed, the turnover of cash poker games reached € 888 millions during the month of September, while the turnover of casino games increased to € 275 millions. The market leader for poker games is PokerStars with a market share of 23.98% in the cash games market and of 36.27% in the poker tournament market, while Lottomatica is the market leader with 34.35% in the casino games market.However, further interesting information can be gained also looking at the market share of other...

The last two weeks have been very intense for most of my clients. The issue of the new Italian gaming law licenses which had been suspended because of the claim brought by StanleyBet has now started! Operators that had waited for the entire summer hoping to receive good news can now celebrate. Indeed, most of the 16 operators which had passed step one of the license application process before the summer, have now been awarded with the license. However, this does not mean that they can now relax, the gaming account system, the game platforms and each category of games need to go through a time consuming authorization process that requires the provision to AAMS of very detailed technical reports. Additionally, operators...

I am quite happy to inform you that I have been invited to speak at the G2E conference next week in Las Vegas. I will be the speaker at the following sessions on Wednesday European Experience: iGaming on the ContinentRoom: 605 ~ 9:15AM - 10:15AM (Wednesday, October 05, 2011) Gaming Renaissance: The New European MarketRoom: 603 ~ 2:00PM - 3:00PM (Wednesday, October 05, 2011) However I will be in Vegas from Monday to Thursday and therefore if you have a chat on the Italian and European landbased and online markets, feel free to send me an email at giulio.coraggio@dlapiper.com or giulio.coraggio@gmail.com.See you there!...

Yesterday was a happy day for entities interested in obtaining an Italian online gaming license. Indeed we had reported that the claim brought by Stanleybet for an interim suspension of the proceeding for the issue of new Italian online gaming licenses had led the Italian Gaming Authority (AAMS) to precautionary suspend the issue of the new licenses also for the 17 entities that have already passed step 1 of the application process. In the hearing of yesterday relating to the case, Stanleybet waived its claim for the interim suspension of the licensing process that will be now decided on the merits on the 13th of December 2011. Pending the decision on the merits, on the basis of the information currently available, AAMS...

The data relating to the turnover generated by Italian cash poker games during the month of August have been made public and they have been surprising also for the experts of the sector. Indeed, notoriously August is a holiday month for Italians and cities are almost completely empty. However despite of that the turnover of cash poker games was of € 900 millions during the month of August! This is surprising also because cash poker games have been launched in the Italian online gaming market only during the month of July 2011 and a number of new entrants in the market have not been launched yet their platform. Some further good news for poker operators are about to come. A call for tenders for the award...

The court of Bologne (Italy) issued an interesting decision on the liability of managers of Forums. The decision was issued as part of an interim proceeding started by a company challenging the liability of Yahoo! for defamatory messages published by some users on Yahoo! Answers. In particular, the claimant required the removal of the challenged comments, the disclosure of the data of users that posted such comments and the refund of damages suffered because of the defamatory comments.The court made reference to the liability exemption for hosting providers prescribed by the EU E-Commerce Directive 2000/31 as implemented in Italy and held that Yahoo! is a hosting provider in relation to the users’ comments published on Yahoo! Anwers and as such is not...

From the 19th to the 22th of September 2011, Milan will become the capital of the gaming world with the EiG iGaming Conference & Expo. I am not from Milan (fortunately) and I do not support any of Milan football teams (fortunately again!), but (unfortunately) I live there and therefore myself,  Giulio Coraggio and a number of members of DLA Piper's global gaming and betting team will be attending the conference. Also, I will be a speaker at the parallel gaming conference Combating Cybercrime in Gaming taking place at the same venue as the EiG. Please contact me, Giulio Coraggio, if you want to discuss about gaming or have the best tips for the nightlife in Milan!...

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!...