Potential purchase of SoundCloud download
There have been numerous reports that SoundCloud is in discussions with the major record labels in relation to acquiring equity in the streaming music service provider.
Richard Tinham, head of commercial and corporate at Winckworth Sherwood, has been quoted in the Financial Times’ ‘Business questions: Expert advice’ section.
Licensed issuers can now issue and trade covered warrants on exchanges outside the free zones in the UAE.
This update discusses various Cayman Islands laws, including the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 and the Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — missing public inspection file and staff result in increased fine; and more download
Pillsbury has released the August 2014 issue of its FCC Enforcement Monitor.
Neil Mohring, head of media at Eversheds, has commented on the news that Soundcloud is to allow advertising on its site.
The FAPL has issued a warning to people posting unofficial videos of goals online, stating that these videos are in ‘breach of copyright’.
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The UK government has published application criteria and terms for the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, accompanied by new guidance.
The US Commerce Department’s BIS has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations and imposing further export controls against Russia’s energy sector.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted a new law that stipulates the creation of a free economic zone in Crimea for 10 full calendar years.
The Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 creates the statutory entity that will facilitate strategic infrastructure development projects and related approvals.
Twitter began to light up on 7 August 2014 when Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden began to object, via a series of tweets, to the practice of Calgary radio station 90.3 AMP of playing shortened versions of songs.
Sarah Clover, instructed by Lisa Sharkey and Natasha Beck of Poppleston Allen, has been successful in renewing the SEV licence for Platinum Lounge in Chester.
The new EU sanctions against Russia — key points to know, key steps for companies with business interests in Russia download
The EU has adopted economic sanctions against Russia — the latest step relating to the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Korean Ministry of Justice has awarded Stephenson Harwood a licence to practice in Seoul, South Korea.
DLA Piper has announced that David J Brummond has joined the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice as of-counsel in the Washington DC office.
The number of Petroleum Exploration Development Licence awards is likely to be a small fraction of the 1,040 available 100km² licence blocks.
Dacheng’s Beijing-based partner Deng Zhisong has been interviewed by Economic News, a CCTV-2 programme on the antitrust investigation into Qualcomm.
UK: 14th onshore licensing round download
The energy minister has invited applications for licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round.
Shale Round takes shape download
The government has published the application criteria for the 14th Onshore Petroleum Exploration Development Licence (PEDL) Round.
Grata Law Firm has appointed Andrei Soukhomlinov as the managing partner and head of the firm’s Moscow office.
DLA Piper has announced that Rich Greenstein has been named chair of the firm’s US franchise and distribution practice.
DLA Piper has announced that Shane Albright has joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in the Silicon Valley office.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in certain states download
TV, Class A TV and locally originating LPTV stations licensed to communities in some states must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on 1 August 2014.
Biennial ownership reports are due for non-commercial radio and TV stations in certain states download
The staggered deadlines for non-commercial radio and television stations to file biennial ownership reports remain in effect.
Jason Lovell, partner at Eversheds, has commented on news that more fracking licences are being granted, but with protection for national parks.
On 15 May 2014, Beijing-based attorney Cai Jiefeng from Dacheng was granted a lawyer’s licence from the Ministry of Justice of Russia.
Gillian Duffy has joined Schillings as a senior associate, making her the latest addition to join the firm’s expanding reputation defence practice.
Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo ‘astonishes’ broadcasters with new legal strategy download
Aereo has asserted in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory licence to carry over-the-air broadcasts under §111 of the Copyright Act.
Gambling on title download
A thorny issue in administrations, and liquidations for that matter, is the question of retention of title.
Eversheds recently hosted its annual Technology, Media and Telecoms conference in front of personnel from some of the UK’s largest technology companies.
GRATA Law Firm’s Eldar Ziatdinov has spoken at a seminar entitled ‘Ways to effectively conduct business with Kazakhstan: secrets of success’.
Measures to improve the business climate in Benin have been taken, which relate to business creation, licensing, cross-border trade, enforcement of contracts and more.
Shoosmiths has bolstered its intellectual property offering with the hire of Olly Leyden, who was previously in house at NBC-Universal.
Eversheds partner Stuart Andrews has commented on news that the new oil and gas regulator created for the UK North Sea will also have powers over onshore activities.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — further restriction and rationalisation of Belgium’s gaming industry; and more download
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A new derivative reporting regime will commence in Australia in 2015.
We have extensive experience of advising customers and suppliers in the retail sector on technology development, licensing and supply projects.
We have a very impressive pedigree of working with some of the leading names in the games industry.
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Australia is set to amend the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct and the Competition and Consumer Act. The changes are likely to take effect on 1 January 2015.
FCC Enforcement Monitor: bad legal advice leads to admonishment for public file violations; and more download
Pillsbury has released its FCC Enforcement Monitor for June 2014.
Company fined $25,000 for operating electrical contracting business without licence under Electricity Act after apprentice injured download
An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act.
The new TTBE, adopted following a lengthy consultation process, does not represent a significant departure from the previous approach to technology licensing.
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ASIC cuts highlight the need for better financial planning self-regulation, according to Richard Batten from Minter Ellison.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
Last month saw the introduction of the much anticipated Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill 2014 to the Scottish Parliament.
Our team has wide-ranging experience of advising businesses on intellectual property issues relating to fund-raising, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and technology transfers.
The Spanish Official National Gazette has published a new regulation developing the Spanish AML legislation
On 13 May 2014, the District Court of Berlin rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers.
On 4 June 2014, the Cayman Islands government brought into force the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014.
Dentons Budapest Newsletter: licensing, deposit, distribution, licence (franchise) and security contracts in the new Civil Code download
On 15 March 2014, the new Civil Code entered into force as the most important legislation governing the financial and personal relations of companies and persons.
Quarterly client update: Cayman Islands — May 2014: the Contracts (Rights Of Third Parties) Law 2014; the Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014; and more download
Carey Olsen has released its quarterly client update regarding the Cayman Islands for the period of May 2014.
According to recent reports, Whitehall sources have indicated that the government plans to propose a new Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
Memery Crystal has announced that Tim Ryan and Andrew Priest have joined the firm as partners, and Shereen Elkins as a solicitor, with immediate effect.
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Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in California download
TV, Class A TV and locally originating LPTV stations licensed to communities in California must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 June 2014.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 2 June 2014 for certain US non-commercial radio and television stations download
The staggered deadlines for filing biennial ownership reports by non-commercial radio and television stations remain in effect.
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
In R (Bridgerow) v Chester West, Richard Clayton QC and Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers succeeded in quashing the council’s refusal to grant a licence.
Ladbrokes general counsel and company secretary Jonathan Adelman has left the business, with deputy Annabel Bannerman taking on the top legal role.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — FCC Proposes fines for contest violations; fine for unlicensed operation and interference; and more download
Pillsbury has released its FCC Enforcement Monitor for April 2014.
Technology businesses should be aware that the European Commission has revised the rules on how EU competition law affects technology licensing agreements.
In last week’s newspaper in Amman, Jordan, it was reported that the government was going to issue a new licensing regulation for power companies.
On 21 March 2014, the European Commission adopted a revised technology transfer block exemption, which applies to bilateral licences of technology rights.
Latest news — April 2014: the training of UPC judges; local and regional UPC divisions announced; and more download
The Preparatory Committee has now formulated a number of categories of suitability of the candidates, including those with training needs.
No5 Chambers has announced that Susan Monaghan has been called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.
The Supreme Court has held that financial support directions issued to a company by the Pensions Regulator will rank as a ‘provable debt’ of a company.
Jeffrey Cheung and Alan Cheung explain the regulated activities that require licensing by the Securities and Futures Commission.
On 21 March 2014, the European Commission adopted a revised technology transfer block exemption regulation and accompanying guidelines.
The Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed its position in relation to the licensing of Jersey law LLPs to conduct certain classes of ‘fund services business’.
If entry for the chance to win a prize requires participants to post content featuring a company’s products or services, the participants should disclose that their posts are pursuant to a contest.
The chancellor has proposed changes to tax reliefs for television programmes and video games that were introduced by the Finance Act 2013.
On 1 January 2014, the Financial Markets (Amendment) Act 2014 entered into force.
The government consultation on the possible extension for licensing hours during the World Cup has come to a close.
For many businesses around the world, franchising is the most efficient, profitable path to growth. Whether you are a start-up company or a mature establishment, Dentons understands the franchise industry and its diverse legal needs.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — anti-money laundering rules for online gambling; terms for new C4 licence; and more
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Small print and small screens download
At IBB Solicitors, we have an exceptional level of expertise in all aspects of information technology law.
IBB’s road traffic department prides itself on providing a tailor-made service to both individuals and commercial clients.
GRATA Law Firm provides legal consultancy services to companies that carry out activities in the area of telecommunications and transport.
GRATA Law Firm has unique and longstanding experience in successfully liaising with the relevant authorities for obtaining various licences, certificates and permits.
The new Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation was published on 21 March 2014.
The Obama administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank.
Sports law experts at No5 Chambers have been instructed to represent a boxing manager whose licence was recently withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Mediterranean Oil & Gas successfully defended a fraud claim brought by Leni Gas & Oil against two of Mediterranean Oil & Gas’s subsidiaries.
Memery Crystal has acted for Mediterranean Oil & Gas in its successful defence of a fraud claim brought by Leni Gas & Oil.
Game on: video-games tax relief download
The European Commission has given state aid approval to the UK’s video-games tax relief, which was announced in the 2012 Budget.
Finance Update — March 2014: lease guarantor released when landlord granted licence for works download
A guarantor will be released from liability if the parties to the contract that is guaranteed vary its terms if it does not confirm its obligations.
The Cayman government has published the Directors Registration and Licensing Bill 2014, which seeks to regulate directors of certain entities established in the Cayman Islands.
Nabarro has advised Cenkos Securities on the AIM IPO of XLMedia plc, which is expected to raise £41.8m and lead to a market capitalisation of £92.9m.
At a time when well-known names are disappearing from the high street as a result of retailers going into administration, the spectre of corporate insolvencies has never loomed larger.
NCTM has assisted Ferrari in a licensing agreement with PortAventura Entertainment that will allow the development of a theme park called Ferarri Land, in Spain.
Pat Treacy, head of the competition practice at Bristows, has commented on the revision of the European rules governing technology licensing.
Stephenson Harwood has advised frozen food manufacturer Findus Group on the acquisition of the retail business of Lutosa, a Belgian frozen potato brand.
Budget 2014 download
Following the 2014 Budget, Taylor Wessing has set out a summary of some of the main announcements.
Five interesting things you might not have spotted about Case C-351/12, OSA (aka the ‘Czech Spa’ case) download
A Czech spa provided guests with music, but without having entered into a licence with the Czech collecting society, OSA.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — March 2014: failure to disclose rules violations leads to $40,000 fine; and more download
Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two essentially identical orders against co-owned Milwaukee and Chicago Class A TV stations.
Licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming download
Pillsbury has issued a pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
The Home Office is currently conducting a consultation on the relaxation of licensing hours during this year’s FIFA World Cup from 13 March to 26 March 2014.
Terminating long-term distribution agreements; the court’s approach to injunctions to prevent termination download
The termination of a long-term distributor or licensing agreement is a serious step for any distributer or supplier.
Last year — 2013 — was a considerably less eventful year for German gambling law than 2012, which saw significant reforms within the industry.
Our diverse intellectual property (IP) and IP-related practice covers a wide range of areas including trademarks, copyright, patents, litigation and licensing.
Grantor-retained annuity trusts download
A GRAT provides an alternative means to transfer property to selected beneficiaries, with minimal US federal gift tax owed, and results in substantial tax savings.
Prize promotions across the world download
This handbook is designed to equip clients with a useful tool to assist them with the management of the early development stages of a promotion.
Another judicial challenge has resulted in the Outer House requiring to consider and rule on the very same point of law considered in the Shetland case.
Copyright has been a favourite punch bag of politicians, users and platforms ever since the internet first became mainstream, widely blamed for not being adapted to the new environment.
Geographical licensing is the practice where the owner of the rights to a product grants to a licensee the right to develop the product in a specific country or territory only.
A business must either own or have a licence to what it uses; otherwise it could infringe someone else’s intellectual property rights.
Legal nature of videogames — limits of application and evaluation criteria of technological protection measures download
The ECJ has ruled on the interpretation of article 6 of Directive 2001/29 in order to clarify the scope of legal protection afforded by such provision to copyright holders.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — FCC limits licence renewal to two years and assesses $4,000 fine; and more download
In reviewing the licence renewal application for a Meridian radio station, the FCC’s Media Bureau proposed a $4,000 fine for public inspection file violations.
In a decision that will have members of the English Bridge Union choking on their morning Jaffa Cakes, HMRC has ruled that bridge is a game, not a sport.
The Home Office has published a consultation on the shift from centrally to locally set licence fees.
One innovative deal structure is geographical licensing. While apparently simple on the face of it, the devil is in the detail.
Clyde & Co and Eversheds will advise Yum! Brands, the company behind Pizza Hut and KFC, for the first time having been appointed as part of a new eight-firm panel in the UK.
Defra has published its consultation document on the reform of the water abstraction management system under the seasonal title of ‘Making the Most of Every Drop’.
Eversheds has appointed three partners to its financial services dispute resolution and investigations team in response to increasing client demand.
Ben Williams of Kings Chambers has advised Blackpool Borough Council in respect of an early-morning restriction order.
This newsletter provides a cross section of cutting-edge issues in the ever-more convergent fields of intellectual property, technology and media.
JPM provides legal services relating to patent, trademark, industrial design, copyright and trade secret protection.
Hogan Lovells has announced the further expansion of its New York office with the addition of corporate partner Adam Golden.
Pharmaceutical sector update download
The latter half of 2013 proved to be an interesting period for the pharmaceutical sector from a competition law perspective.
The licensing committee of Blackpool Council has unanimously decided not to recommend the imposition of an early-morning restriction order.
Wragge & Co’s life sciences team has brokered a licensing agreement between AstraZeneca and a partnership of Belgian life sciences research institutes.
DLA Piper has announced that Gregory Manter has joined the firm as partner in the technology, sourcing and commercial practice
An important extension to European copyright law concerns technological protection measures, in other word forms of encryption used to protect digital content.
Minter Ellison partner Richard Batten said there is a reluctance among licensees to apply for relief from ASIC in case it results in increased scrutiny from ASIC.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 3 February 2014 for non-commercial radio and television stations download
Biennial ownership reports are due by 3 February 2014 for certain non-commercial radio stations in and non-commercial television stations.
The High Court has considered whether a party can get an injunction preventing another party from terminating a licensing agreement where this would result in the cessation of one party’s business.
Robert Botkai, head of licensing at Winckworth Sherwood, has been quoted in an article in the Forecourt Trader publication.
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor communication for January 2014.
Neil Mohring of Eversheds believes that increased targeting and more accessible official packages should deter pubs from illegally showing foreign broadcasts.
The CJEU delivered three important rulings on the application of the supplementary protection certificate regulation 469/2009/EC on the same day.
When granting or receiving a licence under intellectual property rights, the parties need to consider at the earliest stage the degree of exclusivity that will be granted.
As part of its policy of deregulating entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003 the government published a response to its consultation on the deregulation of Community Film Exhibition.
Kings Chambers has announced the addition of Leo Charalambides as an associate tenant to provide further strength to its licensing team.
Betfair legal director Justin Hubble has left the gambling company just months after company secretary Martin Cruddace resigned.
Hogan Lovells has announced that counsel Jay Dougherty was named a ‘Counsel of the Year’ by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC).
We have a distinguished reputation in licensing law and the length and breadth of our experience in this area is unmatched.
The next Quarterly List must be placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 January, reflecting information for the months of October, November and December 2013.
The next Children’s Television Programming Report must be filed with the FCC and placed in stations’ public inspection files by 10 January 2014.
The three-year-long licence renewal cycles for broadcast stations in radio services and for television services continue in 2014.
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor communication for December 2013.
Following the publication of the results of its alcohol strategy consultation, the Home Office has announced the steps it will be taking in delivering the government’s Alcohol Strategy.
Memery Crystal has acted for Gaming Realms on its acquisition of Quick Think Media for a total consideration of approximately £2.2m.
The European Commission has called on member states to ensure compliance of their regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.
OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, has released results of its analysis of gambling advertisements on television.
Alcohol consumption and night-time leisure activities remain hot topics for journalists and politicians alike.
The FCC recently approved a consent decree involving a broadcaster with TV stations in California, Utah and Texas accused of airing indecent and profane content.
Pre-filing and post-filing radio licence renewal announcement for stations in New Jersey and New York download
Full-power commercial and non-commercial radio stations and LPFM stations licensed to communities in New Jersey or New York must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 December 2013.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma download
TV, Class A TV and certain LPTV stations licensed to communities in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 December 2013.
Following its market investigation, the OFT has published draft principles for the makers of online and app-based games.
DLA Piper has released the November 2013 issue of Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence.
DLA Piper partner Hilary Stewart-Jones is stepping down from the firm’s partnership in order to chair Playtech’s risk and compliance and remuneration committee.
A little-known section of the Copyright Act allows designers and developers of video games to terminate copyright assignments granted after 1 January 1978.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for radio stations in New England download
Full-power commercial and non-commercial radio stations and LPFM stations licensed to communities in New England must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October 2013.
Licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota download
TV stations licensed to communities in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 October 2013.
The August 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News e-newsletter is available now.
Online gambling is nothing new, but the levels of intrusion into Friday-night football was getting too much for many Australians to handle.
A recent High Court case has confirmed that landlords of licensed premises can use shadow licences to protect their position.
DLA Piper has released the June 2013 edition of its Technology and Sourcing News (UK).
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has taken position on the interpretation of section 28 ter of the Self Regulation CMC relating to gaming and gambling advertisements.
On 26 May 2013 the prime minister threatened to legislate to effect a complete ban on the airing of live betting odds during sporting events on television.
The European Commission has expressed doubts that the new video games tax relief is necessary to incentivise video game development in the UK.
This year’s Queen’s Speech was as noteworthy for what it did not contain as its contents. The legislative themes are controlling immigration and promoting growth.
Australian gaming machine reforms download
The Parliament of South Australia has introduced the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill 2013, which sets out reforms to gaming machine laws under the Gaming Machines Act 1992 (SA).
The May 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence briefing is available now.
The Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has published its report on the draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the lead role acting for Betfair in relation to a £910m takeover bid from private equity group CVC Capital Partners.
The Spanish gambling watchdog announced in a press release last Friday that it will authorise betting exchanges and online slots, following the lead of other EU countries including Italy.
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
Northern Ireland’s Executive announced last month that it intends to update the province’s outdated gambling laws.
Gambling law in Germany — an update download
An update on gambling laws in Germany.
Neil Hawley and Graham Hann summarise the proposed key changes to the regulation of online gambling.
Ashurst and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have secured key instructions as Britain’s biggest bookmaker, William Hill, plans to raise £375m in a rights issue to fund the acquisition of its online division.
Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego presents action plan for 2013
DGoJ launches public consultation on betting exchanges and slots.
Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst and Nabarro will share the bulk of up to £6.85m in legal fees for their advice on the joint takeover bid for online betting outfit Sportingbet by William Hill and GVC Holdings, official filings have disclosed.
Spurs fan Ladbrokes GC tackles panel firms where it hurts
Ladbrokes has slashed its legal panel from around 50 firms to 22 after carrying out a major review that has also seen the FTSE 250 company appoint a non-lawyer to oversee panel relationships and call for firms to end hourly billing by January 2015.
Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst and Nabarro are the advisers behind William Hill and GVC Holdings’ bids for online betting service Sportingbet.
Magic circle duo Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the leading mandates advising on the €2bn (£1.7bn) merger of online gaming sites PartyGaming and bwin.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Dubai retailer investor Retail Arabia International (RAI) on a franchising deal to open the first House of Fraser in the Middle East.
CMC Markets’ former group director of legal Dominic Bacon has joined spread-betting company WorldSpreads as general counsel and group head of compliance.