Ban On Gambling Advertising In Italy

Author:Mr Ernesto Apa (Portolano Cavallo) and Marco Bassini (Portolano Cavallo)
Profession:Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

On August 7, 2018, Italian Parliament passed into law a piece of legislation issued by the Government one month before, Law Decree no. 87 of July 12, 2018, so called 'Dignity Decree'.

The Decree has established a general prohibition on gambling advertising to strengthen consumer protection and contrast gambling addiction.

The ban is effective as of July 14, 2018.

According to Article 9, para. 1, the ban covers any form of advertising, including indirect advertising, relating to games or gambling with winnings in money, however carried out and in any means, including sporting, cultural or artistic events, TV and radio broadcasting, the daily and periodic press, any genre of publications, billboards and the Internet.

In addition, since January 1, 2019 the ban will apply also to sponsorships of events, activities, gatherings, programs, products or services and to all forms of communication of promotional content, including visual and acoustic citations and superimposing of the name, brand, symbols, activities or products whose advertising is prohibited.

The scope of the ban is comprehensive. However, the Decree also establishes some exceptions. In particular, the following forms of advertising fall out of the scope of the...

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