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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 1
( 2012)


German internet service providers (ISPs) do not have to block foreign-based betting and gambling websites, a German court ruled on 13 January. The Administrative Court of Düsseldorf ruled that the German ISP Deutsche Telekom did not have to block its customers from accessing foreign gambling websites, even if they are considered 'illegal' under German law. / read more

Internet service providers (ISPs) in France will be compensated for blocking access to unlicensed gambling websites by the Autorité de Régulation Des Jeux en Ligne (ARJEL), France's regulatory body for e-gambling stated in a decree issued on 30 December 2011. / read more

The US Department of Justice concluded, on 23 December, that the 1961 Wire Act is 'not to be implicated by online wagering on activities other than sports'. The DoJ made public the Opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), who concluded that the Wire Act should only be applied to sports betting activities. Before 23 December, the DoJ applied the Wire Act to all forms of online interstate gambling, but Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz said that "interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a 'sporting event or contest' fall outside the reach of the Wire Act". / read more


On 5 January, Deloitte published a study that claimed that the number of people who bet on unregulated websites will increase if the UK Government goes ahead with its planned regulation of offshore operators. / read more

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The close of 2011 saw the European Parliament (EP) change its attitude towards gambling regulation. The EP voted on 15 November in favour of the Creutzmann Report, which called for a European Directive providing minimum standards to regulate online gambling services across Europe. David Clifton, a Partner at Joelson Wilson LLP, evaluates the responses to the Creutzmann Report and the European Commission's Green Paper, and examines what the future holds for online gambling services in 2012. / read more

The inherent inconsistency that spurred Australia's review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 does not seem to have abated. Mixed messages and uncertainty as to whether online gambling should be further liberalised continue to blight gambling legislation in Australia. Jamie Nettleton and Michael Camilleri, of Addisons Lawyers in Sydney, examine the twists and turns of the recent review. / read more

Legislative efforts in the United States regarding online gaming changed on 23 December 2011, as the US Department of Justice concluded that the Wire Act is not to be implicated by online wagering on activities other than sports. Linda J. Shorey and Anthony R. Holtzman, of K&L Gates LLP, evaluate the current situation and examine the possibility of an internet gambling bill in light of the forthcoming presidential election pressures this year. / read more

Advocate General Mengozzi issued on 15 December 2011 his Opinion in the Football Dataco case. The case deals with the protection of football databases, with the aim of obtaining payment from publishing entities that make use of their football fixtures lists. Martin Lycka, Legal Counsel at Betfair, examines the grey areas of the case, where simple facts and unique creation depart. / read more

As Jonathan Cohn wrote for The New Republic in 'Why I'll Miss Barney Frank', there are two types of legislators - those who make headlines and those who make laws. Cong. Frank 'managed to do both things and do them well.' Frank has announced his retirement from Congress in January 2013. / read more

The German state of Schleswig-Holstein passed a new gambling law in September 2011, despite the attempt of 15 other German federal states to agree on a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling. On 1 January 2012, the State's new gambling law entered into force. Dr Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz, of Melchers, analyse the conditions of the Schleswig-Holstein Act, evaluate the licensing regulations and examine what these new rules will mean for potential applicants. / 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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