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Draft new German broadcasting and media law would limit broadcasting licence re-quirements for Let’s Players but introduce stricter regulation for intermediaries and media platforms

Good news first: planned limitations on the broadcasting licence requirement for online live streaming Under current German law, a broadcasting licence is required for any information and communication service that...

Written on: 31 Aug 2018

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Summit Summary: Impressions from the VGBA conference at gamescom

This year’s gamescom saw the 4th edition of the Video Game Bar Association’s European Summit, an already traditional occasion for in-house and outside counsel in the video games industry to...

Written on: 30 Aug 2018

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Germany: how will new laws affect staffing companies?

After a tough struggle, the coalition partners in the German government (CDU, CSU and SPD) have reached a coalition agreement about new legislation affecting staffing companies. Major restrictions on fixed-term...

Written on: 23 Aug 2018

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The Digital Revolution: How blockchain works

Catherine Hammon, Digital Revolution Knowledge Lawyer, and Nick Thody, Head of Knowledge, take a look at Blockchain: the history, the fundamental workings and the security issues. Our Digital Revolution series explores a...

Written on: 22 Aug 2018

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Competition Update: August 2018

This month's edition focuses on the ways in which national competition authorities are continuing to adapt merger-control to keep pace with the changing economy and to address the challenges posed...

Written on: 17 Aug 2018

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German Federal Supreme Court on the legal nature of media agency contracts

As a rule, in their agreements with the advertisers the agencies explicitly undertake to safeguard the interests of the advertisers. When placing TV spots or other advertisements (collectively ads) with...

Written on: 17 Aug 2018

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The Digital Revolution: Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

Catherine Hammon, Digital Revolution Knowledge Lawyer, and Nick Thody, Head of Knowledge, examine the increasing interest and new uses for Artificial Intelligence – and the legal issues this presents for...

Written on: 16 Aug 2018

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Loot Box Update

Netherlands On 19 June, the Dutch Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) published a statement  cautioning games publishers that starting on the following day, it would start checking whether game companies have made...

Written on: 16 Aug 2018

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The Italian government banned gambling advertising, what does the law say?

Background After less than a month from the entry into force of the Dignity Decree, on August 7, 2018, the Parliament ratified the Dignity Decree, which was published in the...

Written on: 15 Aug 2018

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