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I am delighted to inform you that I have been invited to speak at the webinar named “Italy Remote Gaming Regulations” that it will take place on Monday 15 November.If you want to register for the webinar, please visit www.italywebinar.com or drop an email to me, Giulio Coraggio and I will forward it to the webinar’s organizers.I hope it will be an interesting opportunity to exchange some useful information on the current and upcoming opportunities in the Italian online gaming market....

It is happening more and more during the last months that some of my gaming clients/contacts ask me for information in relation to potential partners interested in joint ventures or different partnership deals to enter into the Italian gaming market. Indeed, a joint venture or a partnership between a gaming operator and a media, telecom, marketing or software company is a option currently available according to the draft decree governing the upcoming issue of new online gaming licenses in Italy and will be available in relation to the licenses concerning videolotteries that will be available in 2011. Do you want to discuss the above? Feel free to contact me, Giulio Coraggio....

The European Court of Justice has issued an interesting decision on the so called "private copy levy" i.e. the EU Copyright Directive allows EU Member States to introduce an excepction to the exclusive right of authors, performers and producers to reproduce sound, visual or audiovisual material in relation to copies of such material performed for private purposes. However, the "private copying" can be authorised only if rightholders obtain a "fair compensation".As a consequence of such provision, a number of EU Member States including Italy (See "Private Copy Levy: Italian Government extends it to Mobile Phones") have introduced a fee to be paid on the sale of equipment through which private copies are likely to be performed. However, the European Court...

As anticipated in the previous posts the draft decrees regulating:the launch of poker cash games and casino games; and the award of new remote gaming licensesin Italy have been subject to the review of the European Commission for a 3 months period. The good news is that the so called “stand still” period has now expired and, according to the publicly available information, no comments have been raised by the EC and the EU Member States.This means that the final decrees are likely to be approved in the next weeks which is expected to lead to the launch of casino and poker cash games by the end of the year and the award of new remote gaming licenses by the...

As most of the gaming operators know, the ENADA Rome 2010, the most important Italian gaming fair, is upcoming. However, what some of the operators maybe do not know is that on the 8th of October at the ENADA it will take place a very interesting conference in English named “VLTs in Italy” to avoid any misunderstanding in relation to the topic of the conference. I will be one of the speakers covering the “Legal Requirements for Operating in a VLT market” and, as usual, I invite all the readers of GamingTechLAW to come to me to say Hi! See you at the ENADA then! ...

After the success of the previous version of the FAQs, I thought that it might be useful publishing an updated version of the FAQs to help operators willing to apply for one of the Italian online gaming licenses that will be shortly available: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?Read this article on the topic "What are the benefits of an Italian Gaming License". Q. - Do I need that my company is established in Italy or that the servers are located in Italy to apply for an Italian gaming license?No, under the draft decree introducing...

The Italian Supreme Court held that the delivery of spams does not breach Section 660 (harassment) of the Italian criminal code that sanctions with the imprisonment up to six months or with a fine up to € 516.46 whoever, in a public place or in a place open to the public, or by means of the telephone, for insistency or other blameworthy reasons, harasses or bothers someone. It is interesting to see that on the same case, The Court of First Instance had taken a different view holding that Section 660 was an "open" provision to be interpreted in accordance with the technical developments of communication technologies. Therefore, even though the harassment was not made by means of the telephone, Section 660 would be...

OUT-LAW.COM reports that a French court ordered French ISPs to block the access for two months to a website offering games to French residents without holding a local gambling license. This decision reminds me that Italian gambling law obliges from 2007 ISPs to implement filters blocking the access to websites run without an Italian remote gaming license that are identified through a black-list updated on a monthly basis by the Italian Gambling Regulator (AAMS). Italian players trying to access to a gambling website run under a foreign license will end up to a page with the AAMS logo and, unless they put in place technical measures able to bypass the filters, they will not be able to access to non-licensed websites.However,...

Most of the companies active in the Italian market are likely to have faced at least once the complex regime governing prize competitions (i.e. marketing initiatives awarding prizes in kind based on the chance or the ability of the participants) and prize operations (i.e. marketing initiatives awarding prizes to all the participants purchasing a product/service). Unfortunately the scenario has now become even more burdensome as promoters planning the launch of prize competition/prize operation shall send the relative documentation to the Ministry of the Economic Development at least 15 days prior to the beginning of the contest. Also, from the 25th of January 2011, it will be possible to perform the delivery of the abovementioned documentation to the Ministry only through...