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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 12 Issue: 1
(January 2013)


News

Regulators and governments in various European Member States, namely Sweden, Italy and France, have announced intentions to target unlicensed online gambling sites in 2013. / read more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on 24 January that OPAPís gambling monopoly in Greece violates EU law and that Greek authorities must reform OPAP or liberalise the market. / read more

Regulation regarding online gambling appears likely to remain unchanged following the Northern Irish Executiveís 10 January announcement that NIís gambling laws will be updated, with revisions focused on problem gambling. / read more


Features

Infiniti Poker, which is set to launch in February, will offer online poker players, including those in the US, the opportunity to pay with Bitcoin and they certainly arenít the first, so what does this mean for US regulators? / read more

The CJEU rules that the Greek gambling monopoly is illegal. / read more

2012 saw numerous attempts by US states to legalise and regulate online gaming, however the majority of those attempts failed. Now as attempts to regulate online gambling at a federal level have failed to materialise, it is the individual US states themselves that hold the real opportunity to legalise online gaming. Harsh P. Parikh and Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP, discuss the current situation in the US as the states prepare to create a patchwork of legislation. / read more

The recent Decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union that the Greek gaming monopoly is inconsistent with EU law coupled with the current economic crisis, are just two occurrences that have left Greeceís gaming market in a state of flux. Krystallia Iatridou, an Associate at Karageorgiou & Associates, explains the current situation in Greece following the sale of the state owned portion of OPAP. / read more

At some point, the talking will have to stop. The question of regulation and social gambling games dominated the gambling industry's conference circuit of 2012. Will the debate rage on throughout 2013 or will we finally see words being turned into meaningful action? Tom Grant, a Partner at Harris Hagan, discusses where we have to go from here in terms of social gaming. / read more

In early 2013, Australian gambling law is in a state of flux, particularly given that, first, it is a Federal election year, and secondly, the Federal legislation which prohibits online gambling remains under review. Given these two factors, it is difficult to predict how or whether the law affecting online gambling will change in 2013. Jamie Nettleton, Partner and Secretary to the International Masters of Gaming Law and Jessica Azzi, Solicitor, of Addisons, discuss the Australian regulatory landscape in 2013. / read more

Coinciding with the release of The Hobbit, the estate of J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers, the producers of the film adaptations. The Tolkien estate (alongside other interested parties including the UK publisher, Harper Collins) claims that Warner Brothers and rights holder, Saul Zaentz, had breached historic licensing agreements by exploiting merchandise in connection with the films, which were not included in the licensing agreements. The dispute highlights some of the issues affecting IP licensing agreements drafted before the advent of certain uses and technologies, which are highly profitable now but were unheard of when the agreements were drafted, in this case online gambling games, as Alex Tutty and Nick Mahara, of Sheridans, explain. / read more

Areas of European Commission focus in 2012/2013 / read more

An interesting development of the technological and social networking revolution is the emergence of diverse and innovative forms of interactive online games and competitions, which can be played or entered into by participants using remote devices. Phil Crier, Head of Gambling Licensing at Blake Lapthorn, discusses the rise of online games and competitions, and the regulations to be considered when launching such activities. / read more

Social gambling is growing in a big way, as indicated by the amount of money being poured into the sector by gaming companies such as bwin.party. Social gambling has so far evaded regulation however, often because such games offer no prize of monetary value or have no cost to play. David Schollenberger, Head of the Gaming and Leisure Team at Healys LLP, explains how these social gambling games work currently and why the eyes of regulators are beginning to fall upon this sector. / 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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