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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 8
( 2012)


News

PokerStars, the Isle of Man-based online poker company, has settled with US authorities over allegations of money laundering and bank fraud. PokerStars confirmed on 31 July it will pay $731 million (£466 million) to avoid any further prosecution in the US. The deal includes a paragraph stating that PokerStars could potentially return to the US market, when online poker is legalised. The Chairman of PokerStars, Mark Scheinberg, said he is "delighted". / read more

A Spokesperson for William Hill confirmed CEO Ralph Topping's comments concerning a legal challenge to the UK Government's plans to introduce a point of consumption tax for off-shore operators, but was keen to stress that William Hill are not currently embarking on such a legal challenge, merely that it is a consideration and if necessary there are legal grounds to make such a case. / read more

Facebook introduced on 12 August its first real-money online gambling application. The US-based social media giant has launched a gaming app called Bingo Friendzy, amid concerns about whether the presence of gambling on the social network will put minors at risk. / read more


Features

Legalised online gambling has the potential to transform the US gambling industry like never before, allowing eligible US citizens to play online casino games via their mobile devices rather than being limited to the casino. Two US states, Nevada and Delaware, have been quick off the mark to approve online gaming following the Justice Department's decision that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting and as such does not prohibit other types of online gambling. / read more

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Technological innovation has enabled the gambling industry to diversify the traditional business model into a broader proposition. The online environment provides organisations with a vast amount of personal data. Data that can be mined for insights into betting patterns and financial affairs. The use of that data, however, is governed by data protection laws. It is imperative organisations comply with requirements to avoid stiff penalties. Privacy regulators, advocates and consumer groups argue that the regulatory framework, the European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, should be updated as it no longer provides sufficient protection to challenges posed by new technologies. The Directive has not been implemented uniformly, which has created problems for multi-jurisdictional organisations seeking a uniform approach to compliance. / read more

The German online gaming market is in a state of transition following the newly elected coalition government in Schleswig-Holstein and the recently enacted Interstate Treaty. The situation in Germany is far from clear in regards to online gambling as Dr. Wulf Hambach and Maximilian Riege, of Hambach & Hambach law firm explain. / read more

The long awaited Irish Betting (Amendment) Bill 2012 was published last month by the Irish Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan T.D. If the Bill becomes law, it will introduce a new licensing and taxation regime for remote bookmakers and betting intermediaries, and introduce changes for land-based bookmakers, as Áine Matthews, Associate Solicitor at LK Shields Solicitors, discusses. / read more

Amendments to the ratings of gaming software in Taiwan came into force in May and could have consequences for offshore software providers serving the Taiwanese market. The amended Regulations require games to be rated and categorised in regards to content and given appropriate age restrictions set out in the amended Regulations. Marcus Clinch and Indy Liu, of Eiger Law in Taiwan, discuss the changes, the penalties and the grace period before full compliance is mandatory. / read more

At the end of May, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled on a case involving the alleged infringement of copyright in the popular game 'Tetris' by Xio Interactive, Inc. The case received considerable attention in the games press as it touched on the topical subject of computer games cloning. Alex Tutty, an Associate at Sheridans, discusses the case in detail. / read more

Recent draft legislation set forth by the Italian regulator are setting the scene to introduce new bets and new betting programs in order to face the slight betting market fall registered in 2012 compared to previous years. Valérie Peano, Attorney-at-Law at Studio di Consulenza Societaria e Tributaria, provides a detailed update on the long-awaited customised betting programs draft decree. / read more

January 2011 saw internet gambling fall within the regulatory remit of the Gaming Commission in Belgium, and as such become legalised and regulated. Following a number of proceedings brought against the Minister of Justice from online gambling operators having been placed on the black-list of operators prohibited from the Belgian market, Peter Naessens, the Head of Unit Regulatory Advice, Research & Development at the Belgian Gaming Commission, discusses the background and the intentions of the Belgian regulation and Europe's future prospects. / 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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