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|False Start! Objector Says "Not so fast" on Electronic Arts Touchdown Settlement|
Proskauer Rose LLP;
August 9, 2013, previously published on Summer 2013After what has happened at Electronic Arts ("EA") over the last few years, maybe it is time for them to consider a better offensive line. Just as EA thought it was in the open field, the maker of popular video game series such as Madden NFL and NCAA Football is back in the news with...
|The Second Opinion: Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses “Problem Gambler” Class Action|
Brandon Kain; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
August 5, 2013, previously published on August 2, 2013In an important new ruling released Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal has declined to certify a class action by problem gamblers against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (“OLG”). The decision in Dennis v. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, 2013 ONCA 501 marks only...
|Busy Summer in the Gambling Market of Hungary|
Dinsmore Shohl LLP;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 24, 2013The summer of 2013 may reserve good opportunities for the gambling sector in Hungary as two, somewhat unexpected, changes were introduced last month. The Hungarian Parliament finally adopted the brand new remote gambling regulation following the long period of inaction on this matter in recent...
|UK Court Blocks Stream Aggregator’s Domain|
Sarah Byrt, Mark A. Prinsley; Mayer Brown International LLP;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 2013The latest in a line of cases in which English courts have ordered ISPs to block the domains of peer-to-peer websites showing pirated material has now applied the same principles to a hugely successful stream aggregator of sports content. This kind of remedy - against ISPs rather than the...
|Sportech v HMRC - VAT and Spot the Ball competitions|
Gemma Boore, Moris Mashali, Michael McCormack; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 2013The First Tier Tax (FTT) tribunal’s recent decision in Sportech PLC and others v HMRC  UKFTT 210 has major tax implications for any company that runs prize competitions. The decision underlined the importance of differentiating between competitions where winning is dependent on...
|State Motion Picture Tax Credits|
David Brown; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
July 24, 2013, previously published on July 18, 2013With Cleveland becoming the new “Hollywood” for film production, including the likes of “The Avengers,” “Draft Day,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, it seems appropriate to examine the topic of state movie production incentives and how they...
|Film Distributors Will Face New Administrative Hurdles in Argentina|
Marcos Vergara del Carril; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
July 23, 2013, previously published on July 18, 2013Unexpectedly, the government of Argentina has decided to enforce law 23,316, enacted on May 23, 1986, regarding certain requirements for dubbing motion pictures and television programming (the “Dubbing Act”), which was only in the books and never implemented¿ until today....
|Lease Agreements: Balancing Risk and Reward|
Kerry O. Irwin; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP;
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 16, 2013ownership. For the owner, or “lessor,” leasing a horse to a “lessee” can also have benefits, such as reducing the costs associated with owning the horse, or keeping the horse fit and in training if the lessor doesn’t currently have the time to ride. However, with these...
|Exit Stage Left, Enter Stage Right: Theater Trends Over the Past 25 Years|
Jason Baruch, Merlyne Jean-Louis, Diane Krausz, Diane Krausz, Jeffrey Lawhorn, Adam Rosen, Ning Yu Wu; Diane Krausz Associates Attorneys at Law;
July 16, 2013, previously published by NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal on Spring 2013We have been asked to review legal business trends in the commercial theater industry over the past 25 years, and to make some predictions of where the industry is heading in the 25 years to come. In undertaking this exercise, we find a few specific areas particularly worthy of discussion....
|Comcast Prevails against the FCC and Tennis Channel in the D.C. Circuit in Distribution Dispute|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
July 10, 2013, previously published on July 2013On May 28, 2013, in Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. FCC, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of Comcast in their “program carriage” dispute with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over Comcast’s decision to keep the Tennis Channel on a...