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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 12
(December 2012)


News

The UK Government published on 3 December its draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, which proposes to introduce a point of consumption licensing regime for all online gambling operators wishing to advertise to or transact with UK consumers, requiring that such operators acquire a Gambling Commission licence. / read more

The government of Antigua & Barbuda announced on 9 December that it will pursue trade sanctions against US IP interests, in an attempt to claim the $21 million compensation awarded by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2007, following WTO’s finding of the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) as a violation of international law. / read more

The European Commission has ‘real concern’ about Schleswig-Holstein’s move to join Germany’s Interstate Treaty, centred on the Treaty’s compliance with EU law, according to the EC’s detailed opinion of 7 December. / read more


Features

Converting from the world of free-to-play social gaming to that of real-money gambling is a trend that appears to be occupying the thoughts of a number of gaming companies at present. For instance, Zynga, the creator of Farmville, has seen its profits hurt by falling social gaming audiences, something that many commentators blame on changes to how such games operate on Facebook; Zynga has now turned to real-money gambling as a method to revive its fortunes. It has partnered with bwin.party in order to offer real-money games on Facebook next year and has also submitted a preliminary finding of suitability with gambling regulators in Nevada. If successful, Zynga could partner with Nevada operators in the future. / read more

On 3 December 2012, the UK Government published the draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill which proposes a number of reforms to the country's remote gambling regulations, with the aim of 'enhancing protection for users of remote gambling services.' However, some in the industry believe that the Bill is unnecessary. David Zeffman, a Partner at Olswang, analyses the reasons for the Bill, both public and under the surface, as well as the future for this draft legislation. / read more

Landmarks of the Spanish gambling landscape of 2012. / read more

Many creative business models enable users to acquire virtual goods or virtual currency and then use those virtual items to participate in an activity that may give them a chance to win something or acquire virtual items through some element of chance. James G. Gatto, a Partner at Pillsbury Law, discusses the legal issues presented by virtual goods and the secondary market, which by its very nature implies that virtual items are far from valueless. / read more

Proposed lottery regulation changes in the Czech Republic. / read more

The latest developments in Canadian online gaming have seen eyes turn to the province of Saskatchewan. On 6 November 2012, former Aboriginal Chief of the White Bear First Nation, Bernie Shepherd, launched Saskatchewan's first online casino - the Northern Bear - creating a host of legal questions relating to online gaming and Aboriginal rights in Canada. Chad Finkelstein and Farah Rohoman, of Dale & Lessmann LLP, discuss the legal issues generated. / read more

The emergence of a Dutch gambling model. / read more

The Swedish Government's involvement in the country's gambling market is the subject of on-going debate, especially given the role of the state-owned body AB Svenska Spel, both a provider of gambling services and responsible for regulating gambling policy, as Peter Sederowsky, Attorney-at-Law at Setterwalls, explains. / read more

The ever-evolving landscape of the computer games industry means that clones - games bearing a considerable similarity to a previously released title - are a common sight today, especially in the apps marketplace. Yet copyright law must distinguish between these clones and game copies, which infringe on the copyright of previous titles. Adam Rendle, an Associate at Taylor Wessing LLP, considers how the copyright in a computer game can be infringed. / 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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