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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 1 Issue: 4
(December 2003)


A German Appeal Court has upheld the landmark decision to prevent EA Sports from using Oliver Kahn’s name and image in a football computer game without his consent. / read more

The EU Commission’s intervention in the FA Premier League broadcasting rights sale to British Sky Broadcasting underlines its determination to play a more active role in the sports world. / read more

The Legal Advisor to the Information Commissioner (IC), Nicholas Tyler, will be speaking at a half-day event in London, organised by e-commercelaw&policy, which will explain the new guidelines on Subject Access in the light of the December 8 Court of Appeal decision in the case of Michael John Durant v The Financial Services Authority. / read more


In a recent edition of this publication, CAS arbitrator Professor Richard McLaren hailed the new World Anti-Doping Code as ushering in ‘a new era in the control of performance enhancing drugs.’1 This article builds upon that welcome by highlighting the key features of the new Code, outlining the proposed implementation process, and identifying likely themes arising in relation to potential legal challenges to the Code. / read more

The UK government’s new draft Gambling Bill promises sports businesses the possibility of novel kinds of engagement with the casino industry. In re-engineering the legislative environment in which casinos operate, the government envisages multi-purpose leisure developments as focal points for regional development, and sports organisations with more than 5,000 square feet of spare space (see below) will be in a particularly good position to exploit the new regulatory regime. / read more

The draft EU Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights is causing deep divisions in Brussels, as the European Parliament and Member States struggle to agree on its scope and content. The draft Directive, presented in January 2003, covers infringement of all intellectual property rights (both copyright and industrial property, such as trademarks, patents and designs) deriving from Community and European law. This article aims to give an overview of the draft Directive and to highlight areas of controversy and uncertainty. In particular, while the Directive is not expected to have a significant impact on the UK’s enforcement system, there are particular concerns over potential changes to the liability of internet service providers (“ISPs”) and new prescriptive rules for both civil and criminal sanctions. / read more

Despite the growing press and public awareness of “image rights”, there is still no single defined concept of such a right under UK law. Any celebrity seeking to protect their image has to rely on a matrix of rights. Those rights include the law of passing off (as featured in the Eddie Irvine, Ian Botham and David Beckham examples), copyright, privacy, defamation, data protection, trade descriptions and advertising codes of practice and, of course, basic contractual rights. This article look at how have those rights have developed over the last year and what the situations is now. / read more

This article looks at the problem of domain name hijacking and the means available to resolve disputes regarding the ownership of sports-related domain names. / read more

About World Sports Advocate

The monthly law publication providing guidance on all aspects of sports law, including licensing and sports data, anti-doping and doping sanctions, TV and broadcasting rights, sport technology, players agents, disciplinary measures, sports integrity, sports betting, player contracts, intellectual property, transfer regulations, sports sponsorship and marketing, and governance, as well as coverage of key legal cases, sporting regulations and governing bodies including the IOC, UEFA and FIFA and sporting events such as London 2012. / read more

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