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The Italian Gambling Authority has now published the data relating to April and the first quarter 2011. The growth of the market went beyond any expectation and indeed the aggregate turnover (both online and offline) of the first quarter 2011 was of € 24 bn with an increase of 18.2% if compared to the same period of last year. The main reason of such growth was the launch of videolotteries (VLTs) that generated € 989 M in the month of April and € 3.2 bn during the first quarter 2011 with data that are surprising if it is considered that the VLT market is still in a start-up phase with a very limited number of installed machines if compared to the € 56,697...

After several articles on the decree governing new Italian remote gaming licenses and casino and cash poker games, I believe it is useful to have a summary of the above to avoid to get lost!After more than a year of delays, the Italian decree regulating online poker casino games and poker cash games has finally come into force. A second Decree, which regulates the award of 200 new remote gaming licences and upgrades the current licences has also been published, thus giving to potential new entrants in the market all the tools necessary to join one of the fastest growing markets in Europe.The Casino and Cash Poker DecreeFor the first time, Italian licensed operators will be able to offer casino...

The Italian Government has recently approved a decree amending some of relevant provisions of the Italian Privacy Code aimed at simplifying the privacy obligations for Italian businesses. In short, these are the main changes: COMPANIES' PERSONAL DATA: Italy was one of the very few EU countries extending the applicability of privacy laws also to personal data of companies. This decree has not clarified that companies' data are not deemed to be "personal data" for the purposes of the Italian Privacy Code if processed for standard administrative and accounting purposes i.e. if processed for other purposes they will still fall under the umbrella of Italian privacy laws; INFRAGROUP TRANSFERS OF PERSONAL DATA: infragroup transfers of personal data have always been a major...

The Italian Videolottery market is growing faster than initially expected. According to the data available on the press, 19,000 VLTs (out of the 57,000 that concessionaires can instal) have been installed so far generating a turnover during the first 3 months of 2011 of € 2.2 billions (i.e. € 1,280 per machine/day) with each VLT awarding on a daily basis € 1,152 in winnings, with profits for the owners of gaming halls of  € 40/50 per machine/day and for the concessionaires of € 50/60 per machine/day.Such a huge and rich market required a better monitoring of its actors. For this purpose the Italian Gambling Authority has now created a registry of all the entities involved in the offering of games...

The decree regulating the issue of new Italian remote gaming licenses contains also some interesting surprises for operators. The sample of the gaming account agreement attached to the new license agreement to be entered by both the current licensed operators and by the new entrants in the market provides.A GOOD NEWS: players will not be required to send to operators the executed copy of the gaming account agreement, but it will be possible to accept the agreement online through a "point and click";A BAD NEWS: players will still be required to send to operators the copy of their ID; andA VERY BAD NEWS: players will not be able to use payment vouchers until they have sent to the operator the...

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Cruz Villalon, has issued a very interesting opinion on the possibility for courts to order Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to filter and block files infringing copyrights. The background information is the following: Sabam, the Belgian association of authors and editors, brought a claim against Scarlet for the breach of copyright in the musical works that were shared without the consent from the copyright owners through P2P software by means of Scarlet's network. On the basis of that Sabam sought the issue of an order requiring Scarlet to block or make impossible the sending or the receiving by Sabam's customers in any way of files containing a musical work, using P2P software, without the permission...

Life is getting harder and harder in Italy for search engines. After the recent dispute involving Yahoo!, the court of Milan has now issued another interesting decision on the liability of search engines with particular reference to a potential defamatory conduct arising through the usage of Google's service "suggest search". Google "suggest search" service is a software that suggests terms potentially connected to a word that the user is typing on Google search field to ease the identification of the most appropriate search results. A user had noticed that when his name was typed in Google search field, the software was suggesting also the words "fraud" and "fraudster". Such user alleged that such Google suggest search results were defamatory and therefore requested the Court of Milan to order to Google the removal...

The Court of Rome has issued a decision on the Internet liability of search engines that will lead to considerable discussions. PFA Films S.r.l., as exclusive licensee of exploitation rights on the movie “About Elly” of the director Asghar Farhadi, brought an interim injunction before the Court of Rome against Google Italy S.r.l., Yahoo! Italia S.r.l. and Microsoft S.r.l. (as owner of the search engine Bing) because of the breach of their IPRs through links to websites allowing the streaming view, the downloading or P2P transfer of the movie without PFA’s consent.

Do you have some questions about the new Italian remote gaming licenses or the decree on casino and cash poker games? Here is an opportunity that you cannot miss! On the 13th of April I will cover these issues in a webinar and I will be happy to answer all your questions.Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio or visit http://www.italiawebinar.com/, if you need more information. ...

After the final approval of the decree regulating the issue of new Italian gaming licenses and of the decree on casino and cash poker games, here are the final FAQs to help operators willing to apply for one of the Italian online gaming licenses: Q. - Why do I need an Italian gaming license to enter into the Italian gaming market? My company already holds a foreign gaming license, what are the benefits of an Italian gaming license? The offer of games to Italian residents without an Italian gaming license is subject to criminal sanctions and, as the recent Betfair case proves, AAMS is adopting a more stringent approach against non-licensed websites. Q. - Do I need that my company is established in...