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|TIGA Seeks Reform of PEGI’s “Excessive and Unreasonable” Pricing Policy in Order to Help UK and European Video Game Developer Sector Thrive|
Paolo Cerroni, Emma Kingston; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014Following a number of complaints from its members, TIGA, the trade association representing the UK gaming industry, has written an open letter to PEGI, the European age-rating organisation, regarding its pricing policy.
|Georgia’s Limited Tax Credits for Interactive Entertainment Producers|
James M. Chadwick, Mukund H. Sharma; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014On April 15, Georgia passed a law amending its tax code to provide a limited tax credit to qualified interactive entertainment companies. The law provides incentives for mid-size game developers who demonstrate sufficient ties to Georgia. Qualified interactive entertainment companies are those that:
|Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA|
Brian Jeffrey Gershengorn, P. Kramer Rice; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to pay him and all other All-Star Week FanFest volunteers the minimum...
|FCC Adopts Rule Limiting Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations; Initiates Further Rulemaking on Repeal of Cable Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Craig A. Gilley, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to amend its “good faith negotiation” rules to prohibit the joint negotiation of retransmission consent by two or more stations that are among the four most highly rated stations in a market and are...
|The Wage-And-Hour Implications Of The Nlrb’s Northwestern Football Player Ruling|
Kohrman Jackson Krantz PLL;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014By now you’ve likely heard that yesterday a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University’s scholarship athletes are “employees” of the university covered by, and entitled to organize under, the National Labor Relations Act. Labor...
|California Poised to Pass On-Line Poker Legislation|
Jeffrey Leacox, Martha A. Sabol, Parke D. Terry; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
March 27, 2014, previously published on March 20, 2014Two coalitions have introduced rival bills in the California Legislature marking a third year of debate among state lawmakers over how to license and regulate on-line poker.
|Making the Most Out of March Madness|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 20, 2014With the seasonal turn from winter to spring comes the annual rite of “March Madness” — the competition for the NCAA annual national basketball championship. School spirit abounds as 68 men’s teams and 64 women’s teams compete. Any event with great public interest can...
|Vesting of Contingent Compensation in Pay or Played Television Director
Agreement: What is 20/60/10/10 Formula?
IP Law Click PC;
March 12, 2014One of the issues in negotiating director agreements in television is whether contingent compensation provision applies in situations where a director is pay or played off a film. The question becomes will the director be entitled to any portion of the negotiated contingent compensation since she...
|Reality TV Publicity For Your Business Venture? Beware the Release You Are Required to Sign|
Jessica Freiman, Kym Stasiuk; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
March 10, 2014, previously published on March 2014It is tempting for a small business to sign up to be on a reality TV competition.
|Kid Gamers: Safe Harbors for Video Game Providers|
Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014As online social gaming becomes more pervasive in the lives of children today, it is vital for video game providers to understand and comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”). The COPPA Rule applies to websites or online services directed to...