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A Bridge too far: English Bridge Union loses VAT appeal to European Court of Justice

The Court of Justice for the European Union ruled at the end of October that the trick card playing game duplicate bridge should not be considered a sport for VAT purposes. The English Bridge Union (EBU) charges participants of its competitions entrance fees, paying VAT on these fees. The body sought to challenge this VAT … Continue Reading

Tackling infringing content online: the latest development in EU policy

On 28 September, the European Commission released a Communication on tackling illegal online content, under the heading “Towards an enhanced responsibility of platforms”.  The communication sets out (non-legally-binding) guidelines for online platforms to move to “step up the fight” against illegal online content.  Tackling infringing content online is a well-recognised problem for the owners of … Continue Reading

General Election 2017: what does your vote mean for your sport?

On Thursday 8 June 2017 the British people will go to the polls to determine who will lead their country for the next four years and who will (almost definitely) oversee the nation’s exit from the European Union.  It’s been almost a year since Britain voted for Brexit (to be precise, on Thursday, it will … Continue Reading

Loi Évin: How Law Makers in France Have Forced a Divide Between Alcohol & Sport

Recently, rugby legend Dan Carter made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After being pulled over by the police on Avenue des Champs-Élysées for speeding, police discovered that he was over the alcohol limit. He was subsequently dropped by his sponsor Land Rover for what seems to be a breach of a morality clause, … Continue Reading

Search engines and rightsholders join forces to combat online piracy

On 9 February 2017, leading UK internet search engines and representatives from the creative industries (including film, sports, music, and publishing to name a few) entered into a landmark agreement, with assistance from the UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”), to cooperate in combatting online copyright infringement.  The agreement, which takes the form of a Voluntary … Continue Reading

Digital Single Market update: Council confirms approach to EU geoblocking ban will not apply to sports broadcasts

On Monday (28 November), the European Council announced that it has agreed a general approach to a draft regulation to prohibit “unjustified geoblocking” between member states, including confirmation that the regulation should not apply to sports broadcasts.  The draft regulation formed part of the proposals adopted by the Commission earlier this year on the Digital … Continue Reading

It’s been 100 days since Britain voted to leave the EU: do we now know how player recruitment will be affected?

In the United States, there is a tradition that the new President’s performance is measured after 100 days in office.  Today (3 October 2016), marks 100 days since the British nation voted to leave the European Union on 24 June 2016. On Sunday 2 October 2016, Theresa May (again) declared that Brexit really means Brexit. … Continue Reading

Skating on thin ice? European Commission challenges compatibility of ISU eligibility rules with EU competition rules

The European Commission announced on 27 September 2016 that it had sent a formal “statement of objections” to the International Skating Union, alleging that the ISU’s rule banning skaters from taking part in unauthorised speed skating events and subject to a lifetime ban sanction, infringes the prohibition of anticompetitive agreements in Article 101(1) of the … Continue Reading
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