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|Ontario Reduces Production Services and Computer Animation and Special Effects Film Tax Credits|
Tara Parker, Jaclyn Seidman, Carolyn Stamegna, David Zitzerman; Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
May 14, 2015, previously published on April 24, 2015On April 23, 2015, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the 2015 provincial Ontario budget (the “Budget”) and announced several related amendments to the three provincial Ontario film and television tax credits.
|Game On: Kansas DOR Rules Video Game Access Codes and Subscription Cards Are Not Subject to Sales Tax|
Open Weaver Banks, Charles C. Capouet; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
May 1, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015The Kansas Department of Revenue addressed the taxability of sales of video game access codes, subscription cards, point cards, and notional dollar value cards. Initial sales of access codes that allow customers to download video games or video game add-ons directly to the customer’s computer...
|If I Were Paid to Walk in Your Shoes: Protecting a Company's Interests in Endorsement Deals While Still Looking Out for Player Well-Being|
Sekou Lewis, Benjamin D. Wanger; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
April 28, 2015, previously published on April 2015Chandler Parsons, a forward for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, does not have to worry about buying basketball shoes. Rather, Parsons, like other NBA players, gets paid to wear certain brand name shoes. In February 2014, Chinese shoe company Anta announced that it had entered into a five-year...
|Cybersecurity Duties of Private Organization Governing Boards and Management|
Fred L. Somers Jr. P.C.;
April 23, 2015, previously published by www.somerslawfirm.org on Spring 2015Organization governing boards and management need to focus on protecting the organization’s and its members’ and employees’ sensitive and private data. This data in the wrong hands may result in disastrous legal consequences for the organization and the persons whose data has been...
|$1.1 Million Penalty Issued for Violation of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation|
K. Paige Backman; Aird & Berlis LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 2015On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “CRTC”) issued a Notice of Violation awarding a penalty of $1.1 million against Québec company Compu-Finder for four violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (“CASL”).
|Important Changes to the Polish Broadcasting Act|
karol Laskowski, Igor Ostrowski; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 15, 2015, previously published on February 26, 2015The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is working on amendments to the Polish Broadcasting Act. The bill prepared by the Ministry is currently subject to public consultations. Market players have a window of opportunity to make their voice heard and to affect the final wording of the bill....
|Advertising Industry Continues to Push the Boundaries of the CAP Code|
Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015In 2014, the ASA received (yet again) a record number of complaints. It attributed the record to an increase in:
|Protect Yourself: Are You Prepared for a Personal Lawsuit?|
Dana Drew Shaw, Bennett H. Speyer; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015Head coaches are subject to personal lawsuits for a variety of reasons, and these cases are probably more common than you think. Many times the situation is swept away quietly without public knowledge; however, the recent suit filed against the University of Oregon and its men’s head...
|Are You an E-Athlete?|
Chinh H. Pham; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015Video games were once associated with couch potatoes, but today there is growing legitimacy, especially around what is known as “eSports.” This type of professional competitive gaming is gaining popularity in the U.S., and eSports is breaking into the mainstream world - emerging...
|Video Gaming Bill Reintroduced in Pennsylvania|
Adam Berger, Frank A. DiGiacomo, Eric D. Frank, Christopher L. Soriano; Duane Morris LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015Pennsylvania House Bill 808, introduced this week, would authorize video gaming machines for video poker, bingo, keno and other games in establishments with valid liquor licenses, such as restaurants, bars, taverns, hotels or clubs, in Pennsylvania. In addition to providing an overview of the...