Institute of Fundraising aims to protect charities’ revenue from lotteries

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Institute of Fundraising aims to protect charities’ revenue from lotteries  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 September 2002 | News The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Law Association are working to secure revenue from charity lotteries and lottery-type promotions.The organisations have submitted a joint response to the Government Consultation on the law on prize competitions. They believe that the current and longstanding public policy that lotteries must benefit good causes is in jeopardy because of proposed changes to prize competition laws.The submission calls calls for the definitions of ‘lotteries’ (games determined by chance) and ‘prize competitions’ (games involving skill) to be amplified to deal with twenty-first century developments such as premium-rate lines, text messages and the Internet and to ensure that charities continue to benefit from the proceeds of lotteries. Advertisement Andrew Watt, Head of Policy at the Institute of Fundraising said, “Any distinction between the two activities must be effectively regulated and enforced and there must be parity in regulation.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Statues of Confederate figures, slave owners come down amid protests

first_imgiStock/traveler1116By: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — After years of civil rights activists calling for the removal of Confederate monuments, they’re falling like dominoes amid nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.Politicians on Thursday announced Confederate monuments will be removed from Indianapolis and from Richmond, Virginia. The news follows removals earlier this week in Alexandria, Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama.The statues, which honor soldiers and leaders on the losing side of the Civil War, are seen by many as symbols of racism and oppression.That’s why the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, will be removed, Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday.“The legacy of racism continues, not just in isolated incidents,” Northam said. “The legacy of racism also continues as part of a system that touches every person and every aspect of our lives.”Those protesting Floyd’s death and police brutality had gathered at the statue this week, chanting, “Tear it down!”Mayor Joe Hogsett also acknowledged the current protests in the decision to remove a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a prison camp in Indianapolis.“Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday. “We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past — but we should not honor them.”The grave monument was commissioned in 1912 and relocated to Garfield Park in 1928 following efforts by public officials active in the Ku Klux Klan to make it more visible, Hogsett said.“Whatever original purpose this grave marker might once have had, for far too long it has served as nothing more than a painful reminder of our state’s horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago,” the mayor said. “For some time, we have urged that this grave monument belongs in a museum, not in a park, but no organization has stepped forward to assume that responsibility. Time is up, and this grave marker will come down.”Northam acknowledged that many residents won’t support removing the Robert E. Lee statue, which was erected in 1890.“I believe in a Virginia that studies its past in an honest way,” said Northam, who signed legislation authorizing localities to remove Confederate statues in April. “When we learn more, when we take that honest look at our past, we must do more than just talk about the future — we must take action.”The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a descendent of Robert E. Lee, said he fully supports the monument’s removal.“We have a chance here today … to say this will indeed not be our final moment and our final stand,” Lee said at a press conference Thursday. “There are more important things to address than just a statue, but this statue is a symbol of oppression.”Northam said the monument will be removed as soon as possible and go into storage, with the community involved in determining its future.The Richmond monument will join the fate of an Alexandria monument honoring Confederate soldiers that came down earlier this week.“Some said this day would never come,” Alexandria City Councilman John Chapman said on Facebook Tuesday. “The confederate statue at Appomattox is starting to be taken down. We, our community made this happen.”Also this week, a Confederate monument damaged in weekend protests was removed from a Birmingham park, local ABC News affiliate WBMA-TV reported.Confederate monuments in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina, also will be taken down, it was reported this week.It was not just in the United States that statues that symbolized racism were taken down. In Bristol, United Kingdom, protesters tore down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston. The protesters dragged the statue through the streets and then threw it into the river.In Philadelphia, a target of protesters also came down this week. The controversial statue of former mayor Pete Rizzo near City Hall was removed on Wednesday, following vandalism. Many saw the statue of the former police commissioner as a symbol of police brutality.“The statue represented bigotry, hatred, and oppression for too many people, for too long,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said on Twitter Wednesday. “It is finally gone.”ABC News’ Dee Carden and Whitney Lloyd contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Esports Biz 101: Part 2 – Business and legal considerations for professional esports orgs

first_imgThis is a guest piece by Justin M. JacobsonJustin M. Jacobson, Jacobson FirmIn addition to the legal considerations we addressed in part one of this piece, there are some other protections that an esports organisation should be aware of. We will now briefly explore some of those matters below.Intellectual Property Protections – CopyrightsIn addition to potential trademark protection for an organisation’s name, there are benefits to filing a copyright application for a particular logo as well as registering any other created content. While it is established that a copyright is automatically obtained in a work upon completion of the original work of authorship when it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression; a formal registration of the materials with the U.S. Copyright Office within three months of public release provides additional valuable benefits to the work’s owner. Registering a copyright is also a relatively inexpensive procedure. Some of these benefits include that the ownership of the work now becomes a matter of public record and is available for search within the U.S. Copyright Office. This makes it easy to search and verify the ownership and extent of an existing, copyrighted work. Registration permits an individual to quickly find and contact the creator in the event that the individual desires to use or license the copyrighted material.“There are benefits to filing a copyright application for a particular logo as well as registering any other created content”Additionally, in order to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit when the owner believes that one of their works has been infringed upon, the work must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to instituting a lawsuit. A valid registration certificate constitutes prima facie evidence of valid copyright ownership in the work after five years. Also, if the owner has filed for registration prior to the infringement or within three months of publication of the work, the author may be entitled to recover actual damages incurred, statutory damages as well as attorney’s fees spent in pursuing the matter. These fees can even exceed the actual damages suffered by the copyright owner.Registering a copyright is an easy and inexpensive procedure. Once the work is registered and the certification is issued, the benefits of the registration are retroactive to the original filing date of these elements. It is also important that if any third-party created or otherwise assisted in the creation of the logo or any other finished work, such as a graphic designer, that the individual assigns or otherwise licenses any rights that they have in the work to the organisation. This is typically effectuated by some sort of “work for hire” agreement or other assignment.“To best protect the organisation, the use of formalised written contracts for any of its employees and any other team personnel, including any gamers, coaches, assistance, analysts, graphic designers, is prudent”Overall, these intellectual property protections are beneficial in pursuing any imposter or confusingly similar organisations as well as pursuing any third-party selling counterfeit goods or otherwise tarnishing the team’s reputation.Contractual ObligationsIn order for a team to function properly, they require the proper infrastructure and personnel. To best protect the organisation, the use of formalised written contracts for any of its employees and any other team personnel, including any gamers, coaches, assistance, analysts, graphic designers, is prudent. The agreement typically outlines the salary or other compensation to the personnel as well as lists the individual’s obligations to the organisation. This could include a set number of streaming hours a player must adhere to, a set number of tournaments a coach must attend or any other listed requirements that the team wants to ensure are properly adhered to. For example, Blizzard’s new Overwatch League mandates the execution of standard written contracts with set salaries for all competing gamers.An organisation should also be aware of the requirements and existence of an agreement with any sponsor. For instance, a recent sponsorship agreement was entered between League of Legends’ team, Flyquest and Snickers. The arrangement requires Flyquest to ensure that the Snickers product is present at the “FlyQuest team house and at fan activations” as well as obligating the team to create a series of custom “branded” content pieces. While the exact number of monthly or weekly custom content pieces to be created as part of the partnership was not openly disclosed, such information would be clearly outlined in such writing. It is prudent for a team to ensure that all their “deliverables” to a brand are clearly outlined in some formal writing. With an explicit formal writing, the team can easily understand what is required of them, e.g. how many sponsored social media posts they must provide a month, and the brand is aware of what they are receiving in exchange for its sponsorship. This also helps by confirming the details of the sponsorship, including how much and if any product is included, and if so, which product.Furthermore, entering into a formalised writing, such as an investment agreement, for any potential investor or third-party owner is practical. The drafting of such an agreement outlines the organisation and the investor’s rights and duties, including listing the investment amount and how it is recouped. This is essential to the proper administration of the organisation; as without it, there could be confusion as to what the investor’s rights are in the team as a result of their investment.There are many legal and business considerations for professional esports organisations. While it is not mandatory for a team to adhere to these suggestions, the potential issues that the lack of proper rights in a team’s name or contractual obligations could be the difference between a successful venture and an unsuccessful one.This article is not intended as legal or business advice, as an attorney or other professional specializing in the field should be consulted.© 2018 The Jacobson Firm, P.C.last_img read more

Ivica Zubac might start for Lakers, but when?

first_img“That’s definitely a possibility that at some point he starts,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Zubac. “The further we get to actually having a chance to make the playoffs, the more you have to put some thought and focus on developing the young guys even more.”The Lakers are hardly expected to make the NBA playoffs after losing 24 of their last 30 games. Nonetheless, the Lakers only trail the Nuggets by seven games for the eighth and final playoff spot.Still, the Lakers’ 32nd overall pick out of Crotia has grown steadily.In his past five games, Zubac has averaged 9.0 points on 46.3 percent shooting and 7.6 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per contests. He has posted double doubles for two consecutive games. And the 7-foot-1 center continuously impresses the Lakers with his improved conditioning stemmed from lost weight.“We’re just kind of feeling it out. It’s important in my mind we continue to play a certain way,” Walton said. “It’s not really fair to the vets who are in here everyday working. It’ll be something we’ll continue to discuss.” Speaking outLakers forward and South Sudan native Luol Deng critiqued U.S. President Donald Trump for issuing a temporary ban on non-American citizens coming from seven Muslim-majority countries.“It’s important that we remember to humanize the experience of others,” Deng wrote on Twitter. “Refugees overcome the immeasurable odds, relocate across the globe, and work hard to make the best of their newfound home. Refugees are productive members of society that want for their family just as you want for yours. I stand by all refugees and migrants, of all religions, just as I stand by the policies that have historically welcomed them.”Though the temporary ban includes those from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, Deng is not expected to be affected for a few reasons. Deng was born in Wau, Sudan, which became part of an independent South Sudan in 2011. In addition to having dual citizenship with South Sudan and Great Britain, Deng also has a green card issued in the United States.Deng and his family fled the war-torn country to Egypt when he was 5 years old. Great Britain later granted his family political asylum before he eventually became a British citizen in 2006. Deng’s Twitter post included the hashtag, “Proud Refugee.”“I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the opportunity to find refuge in a safe harbor,” Deng wrote. “For the people of South Sudan, refugee resettlement has saved countless lives, just as it has for families all over the world escaping the depths of despair.”Injury updateAfter watching Sunday’s practice from the sideline, Lakers forward Julius Randle skipped Monday’s practice amid his recent illness with pneumonia. The Lakers listed him as questionable to play against Denver. The future flashed before the Lakers’ eyes as their young roster performed pick-and-roll drills.Point guard D’Angelo Russell handled the ball, while giving the Lakers more confidence both with his health and ability to fit back seamlessly into the lineup. Center Ivica Zubac set screens, rolled and finished so gracefully that Russell remarked that his presence “makes it easy.”“When he gets his opportunity,” Russell said, “it’s going to be special.”How soon will those images during Sunday’s practice emerge in games? Although Russell is listed as questionable after missing the past three games with a right knee and calf injury, he is expected to return when the Lakers (16-34) host the Denver Nuggets (21-25) tonight at Staples Center. Although Zubac has recently become part of the rotation in the past month, veteran center Timofey Mozgov will start once again.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more