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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 6
( 2011)


The Danish Government will officially allow foreign online operators wishing to apply for a Danish e-gaming licence to locate their servers outside the country, following the publication of revised annexed 'technical requirements' to the 2010 draft gambling law. / read more

Sports Ministers in Australia have signed an agreement to address match fixing in sports betting. New laws would make it compulsory for 'sports organisations and betting companies to share information,' and funding for sports organisations is going to be 'contingent on sports implementing appropriate anti-match-fixing and anti-corruption practices,' it was announced on 10 June. / read more

Authorities in the US are stepping up efforts to enforce the country's strict online gambling laws. On 23 May, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized ten domain names, among them and / read more


Anti-gambling organisations in Germany are outraged with their politicians. This might come as a surprise, since the Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG) largely outlaws online gambling in Germany. The antigambling movement is furious because it is looking beyond tomorrow. Unintentionally, their valued e-gambling ban is at stake. / read more

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The worldwide economic situation has seen many states looking for new revenue sources, most notably by amending or tightening tax regimes for gambling activities. While most of the debate focuses on what exactly should be subject to taxation - gross profits or turnover - there are also questions arising as to the level of tax gambling services should be subject to and its impact on the operators themselves. Clearly, in this particular area, choosing a tax regime can make an important difference in terms of location, level and scope of activities for operators. Linda J. Shorey and Robert A. Lawton, of US law firm K&L Gates LLP, examine the taxation of online gambling operators by looking at the two primary methods in use - gross revenue tax and turnover tax - and offer a simple comparison of the impact of the methods at differing rates. / read more

Last week, the German heads of state postponed again their decision regarding a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG). Following a meeting on 9 June 2011, they expressed their intention to finalise a new ITG in their next meeting in October, and also announced that it is their firm desire that the new Treaty be passed by all 16 German States. This leaves room for speculation as to whether the final Treaty will follow the lines of the very restrictive approach that 15 out of the 16 Heads of State had agreed upon in April, or whether the state of Schleswig-Holstein will finally succeed to push through a more liberal approach. Dr Christoph Enaux, Counsel at Olswang LLP, examines where Germany is at the moment, and evaluates what needs to be done to bring clarity to the German gambling market. / read more

On 28 May, the wait was finally over - Spain had a new gambling law. It was a tough drafting process with the confrontation between the offline and the online worlds, and the Spanish Government's need to regulate in difficult economic times and in the fastest way possible. The new Law 13/2011 of 27 May on Gambling Regulation ('the Law') was in general warmly welcomed by the industry. However, there are still too many gaps which have been left for future regulation to complete. Thus, the devil will be, indeed, in the detail. Blanca Escribano and Ellen Martínez, of Olswang LLP, examine the new Law and analyse its impact. / read more

New regulations have recently been introduced in Italy, which will govern the establishment and operation of gaming organisations, making the country one of the most competititve and open EU gaming jurisdictions. The opening of the market has been gradual - after delays in implementing the relevant legislation, licences are now available for remote gaming operators and those providing online poker and cash poker games. Gianluca Benedetti and Rodolfo G. La Rosa, of Baker & Mckenzie LLP, investigate and provide an overview on the Italian online gaming market. / read more

There are several data security obligations that are imposed upon organisations that process customer data, and gambling operators need to be aware of them as they process high levels of sensitive customer data. Susan Biddle and Kathryn Wynn, of Pinsent Masons LLP, examine how these obligations apply in the context of the recent Sony security breach, and how gambling operators should manage the legal and commercial risks if a security breach occurs. / read more

About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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