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Broad changes to the broad­cast­ing (and oth­er video me­dia) rules: the re­vised...
UK Me­dia & Sports High­lights 2020

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11 May 2021
Court dis­misses li­bel claim against the Met­ro­pol­it­an Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er
Knowles J at the High Court has dis­missed a li­bel claim against the Met­ro­pol­it­an Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er over the pub­lic­a­tion of a press re­lease re­lat­ing to the out­come of the claimant’s crim­in­al tri­al...
30 April 2021
“Pro­tect­ing young and vul­ner­able people” - ASA pub­lishes its 2020 An­nu­al...
As the ASA and CAP this week re­leased their An­nu­al Re­port for 2020, we round up the key points from a uniquely chal­len­ging year. Cov­id chal­lenges Un­sur­pris­ingly, and des­pite the fo­cus of the re­port be­ing...
26 April 2021
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses first leg­al frame­work on AI
Over the last two years, the EU has paved the way for a uni­form leg­al frame­work for the de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and use of AI that con­forms with Uni­on val­ues. As a res­ult, on 21 April 2021 the European...
20 April 2021
What the High Court sum­mary judg­ment in the Green V Bet­fred case means...
Case Sum­mary and Ana­lys­is: An­drew Green v Pet­fre (Gibral­tar) Ltd (t/a Bet­fred) The Facts On 26 Janu­ary 2018, Mr An­drew Green played a game called 'Frankie Det­tor­i's Ma­gic Sev­en Black­jack' on Bet­fred’s...
12 April 2021
Gambling Com­mis­sion as­sess­ments res­ult in reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against five...
On 30 March 2021, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished a state­ment giv­ing de­tails of en­force­ment ac­tion taken against five land-based casi­nos, which were all found to have failed to...
12 April 2021
Two on­line op­er­at­ors giv­en sub­stan­tial pen­alty pack­ages fol­low­ing second...
The Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) re­cently an­nounced that it has taken fur­ther reg­u­lat­ory ac­tion against gambling op­er­at­ors Casumo Ser­vices Lim­ited (“Casumo”) and In­Touch Games Lim­ited...
06 April 2021
Court of Ap­peal sticks with CJEU jur­is­pru­dence on com­mu­nic­a­tion to the...
In its re­cent de­cision in Tun­eIn Inc v Warner Mu­sic UK Lim­ited and Sony Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment UK Lim­ited [2021] EW­CA Civ 441, the Court of Ap­peal has re­jec­ted ar­gu­ments that the UK should de­part from the...
19 March 2021
Los­ing friends while in­flu­en­cing people: ASA warns In­sta in­flu­en­cers over...
Fol­low­ing a series of up­held ad­ju­dic­a­tions in re­cent months in re­la­tion to in­flu­en­cer ad­vert­ising posts that were not ob­vi­ously iden­ti­fi­able as ad­vert­ising, the ASA has pub­lished the res­ults of a three-week...
17 March 2021
Sanc­tions against Per­son­al Man­age­ment Li­cence Hold­ers of Caesars En­ter­tain­ment
The Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced on 3 March 2021 that it has taken ac­tion against more than 30 Per­son­al Man­age­ment Li­cence (“PML”) hold­ers in con­nec­tion with Caesars En­ter­tain­ment...
15 March 2021
ASA up­holds com­plaint against an in­flu­en­cer’s lux­ury In­s­tagram giveaway...
The ASA has up­held two com­plaints made against in­flu­en­cer Molly-Mae Hag­ue, around claims that her In­s­tagram giveaway, worth a total of £8,000, was not awar­ded in ac­cord­ance with the laws of chance and...
11 March 2021
The rising tide of plat­form reg­u­la­tion
Cov­id-19 has brought many things to the fore, not least the role that on­line plat­forms play in every­day life. However reg­u­la­tion has struggled to stay ahead of the curve due to the speed at which some...
01 March 2021
Mad Dogg in a spin as Pelo­ton fight back
Des­pite some long over­due op­tim­ism ap­pear­ing on the ho­ri­zon, the pan­dem­ic has had a dev­ast­at­ing ef­fect on large parts of the eco­nomy. That said, whilst some sec­tors have found the go­ing in­cred­ibly tough...