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European Commission award study on sports organisers’ rights in the EU to T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Institute for Information Law

In its 2011 Communication on Developing the European Dimension of Sport, the European Commission announced that it would launch a study to analyse the exploitation of rights to sports events (sports organisers' rights) from the perspective of the EU legal framework.

The European Commission has entrusted the study to a consortium composed of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Asser International Sports Law Center and the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam.

The Asser International Sports Law Center will coordinate the study, which aims to provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of various issues related to sports organisers' rights from an EU perspective, including:

- the origin, ownership, and scope of sports organisers' rights in the EU Member States;
- the systems and licensing practices related to the marketing and exploitation of media rights and image rights; and
- the possibility of establishing licensing practices beyond the media field, in particular in the area of gambling.

The study will enable the European Commission to assess whether EU action is needed to
address identified problems.

The final report is due at the end of November 2013.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Ben Van Rompuy (T.M.C. Asser Instituut) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Thomas Margoni (IViR) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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