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French Ruling On Copyright Flies In Face Of Established EU Law

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A French court ruling on 17 September in a case brought by the French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir against Valve found that purchasers of video games on Valve’s digital platform, Steam, are permitted to resell them. This ruling contradicts established EU law and should be overturned on appeal.

Simon Little, CEO of ISFE, said: “This French ruling flies in the face of established EU law which recognises the need to protect digital downloads from the ease of reproduction allowed by the Internet.  Far from supporting gamers, this ruling, if it stands, would dramatically and negatively impact investment in the creation, production and publication of, not just video games, but of the entire output of the digital entertainment sector in Europe.  If Europe’s creators cannot protect their investments and their intellectual property, the impact on both industry and consumers will be disastrous.”

According to EU copyright law, when it comes to digital and streaming services, every use must be subject to the authorisation of the rightholder and copyright does not expire with their first sale, as it does with physical goods. Physical goods are subject to the “distribution right” and to the “exhaustion doctrine” which means that the purchaser has the right to resell the goods if they were first put on the market with the authorisation of the copyright owner. This is not the case with digital downloads which are subject to the “communication to the public right”, meaning that the purchaser does not have a right to sell them on, without the copyright owner’s permission.”

 

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Video games are creative works with an interactive element. Video games have been recognised as complex works by the Court of Justice of the European Union and are protected by copyright for both their non-software elements (music, audiovisual, graphics) and their software elements).

The 2001/29/EC Directive on Copyright and Neighboring Rights provides that:

(29) The question of exhaustion does not arise in the case of services and on-line services in particular. This also applies with regard to a material copy of a work or other subject-matter made by a user of such a service with the consent of the rightholder. Therefore, the same applies to rental and lending of the original and copies of works or other subject-matter which are services by nature. Unlike CD-ROM or CD-I, where the intellectual property is incorporated in a material medium, namely an item of goods, every on-line service is in fact an act which should be subject to authorisation where the copyright or related right so provides”.

 

Current case before the CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union) – judgement expected end of 2019

The recent Opinion of the Advocate General in the Tom Kabinet case (concerning the resale of e-books) that is currently before the CJEU confirms that the exhaustion doctrine is limited only to tangible, physical supports and has no application whatsoever to digital downloads (which are covered by the communication to the public right and not by the distribution right).

The Opinion concludes that:

“Article 3(1) and Article 4 of Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society must be interpreted as meaning that the supply of e-books by downloading online for permanent use is not covered by the distribution right within the meaning of Article 4 of that directive but is covered by the right of communication to the public within the meaning of Article 3(1) of that directive.”


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Sportradar to market CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification media rights

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Sportradar, the global leader in sports data intelligence, today announced it is to sell the media rights for the upcoming CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 on behalf of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV).

The agreement is part of an existing collaboration between the CEV and Sportradar that has run since 2007, which also includes the exclusive global marketing of media rights for the CEV Champions League and the OTT video platform EuroVolley.tv.

The media rights are for both the men’s and women’s competitions, which run from January 5th – January 12th 2020, with both events deciding the final European teams for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Sportradar’s Senior Director, Audiovisual Broadcast, Lutz Tigges, said: “Tokyo 2020 is set to be the standout sporting event of next year and is a major milestone moment for athletes, sports fans and broadcasters. To participate in the Olympics is the pinnacle for European volleyball teams, so these qualifiers are primed to guarantee thrilling moments, fantastic competition and big audiences.”

While the men’s qualifier will take place in Berlin, Germany, the women’s will be held in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Both competitions include an eight-team group stage, split into two pools, before the semi-finals and the final, with the winner ensuring a spot at the Olympic Games next year.

In total there are 30 matches, which will feature EuroVolley2019 finalists Serbia and Slovenia in the men’s competition and 2019 women’s runners-up Turkey. All matches will be produced in full HD to an international high-end standard with at least 9+1 cameras and international match graphics.

A three-minute highlight package will be produced shortly after each match and made available to broadcasters, news channels and social media platforms.


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EGT Interactive has partnered with world leading online lotto and casino provider Lottoland

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EGT Interactive is thrilled to announce that the 10 million plus customers of Lottoland can now gain access to some of EGT’s most emblematic and top titles such as 40 Flaming Hot, Zodiac Wheel, Rise of Ra and many more.

Todor Zahariev, CEO of EGT Interactive stated: “We are extremely excited to announce this new partnership with one of industry’s leaders in lotto betting and a premium casino operator – Lottoland. We are certain that the addition of our portfolio of products to Lottoland’s casino section will be a great success. This partnership is another large milestone for us – strategically positioning our portfolio in the market.”

Nigel Birrell, CEO of Lottoland commented: “We are pleased to have partnered with EGT Interactive to help build and diversify our casino portfolio of games. At Lottoland we pride ourselves on offering our customers choice and value for money, these additional products will help us to do just that.”

 

About Lottoland:

Lottoland has grown rapidly to become a world leader in online lotto. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery experience, has been key to the company’s success. In June 2018, Lottoland paid out €90 million to one lucky winner in Germany – this win has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest online gambling payout. This is also the biggest payout for Lottoland to date.

The Gibraltar-based business is active in 15 markets, has over 350 employees, and more than 10 million customers worldwide. Lottoland is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy, the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission in Australia and has recently received licences from the Swedish Gambling Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.


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Two new speakers added to Sports Betting USA roster

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Senator Raymond Lesniak and Jamaal Lesane set to join stellar line-up

Two new speakers are to share their knowledge with delegates at next month’s Sports Betting USA conference in New York after being added to the roster.

Former New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak and Jamaal Lesane, Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at The Madison Square Garden Company, will take to the stage on the second day the Metropolitan West.

Senator Lesniak, who was the instigator and driving force behind the legal battle that led to the repeal of PASPA, will deliver the keynote address.

Lesane is at the vanguard of venue owners looking to optimise in-stadia facilities for sports fans and will join the panel discussing the monetisation of the game day experience.

Sports Betting USA, which takes place 5-6 November and follows a one-day investor summit, will examine the opportunities and challenges of the wagering industry that has been estimated to be worth up to $150 Billion.

Event director Rory Credland believes the show, now in its third year, has a stronger line-up than ever and has become a must attend event for those with a stake in the growing market.

He added: “We’re delighted to welcome another two great speakers to Sports Betting USA and are confident they will have a lot to contribute to the exchange of knowledge.

“Senator Lesniak in particular needs no introduction and is one of the main reasons we are all gathering in New York. It will be fascinating to hear his take on the way other states can follow the lead of New Jersey in the coming months.”

Among the other highlights of this year’s show will be a presentation by New York Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr, who will share his state’s vision for sports betting as they look to include its legalisation in the 20/21 budget.

They will be joined by senior executives from leading operators, suppliers and media companies, including William Hill USA, Penn National Gaming and Sportradar, as well as representatives of sporting organisations including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA Tour, and NASCAR.

 


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