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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 16 Issue: 8
(August 2017)


The British Gambling Commission (‘GC’) published on 20 July 2017 its consultation ‘Changes to society lottery and external lottery manager operating licence requirements’ (‘Consultation’), which puts forward proposed changes to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (‘LCCP’) for British-licensed gambling operators, with the intention being to increase the amount of information lottery operators provide about how and for what their proceeds are used. / read more

The Australian Senate passed on 9 August 2017 the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 (‘Bill’), which was first published in November 2016. The Bill now awaits signature by the Governor-General in order to become law, and its implementation - likely in September 2017 - will replace Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001. / read more

The Czech Ministry of Finance announced on 21 July 2017 a new set of guidance designed to enhance consumer protection in the country’s gambling sector by restricting maximum hourly losses. / read more


The Malta Gaming Authority (‘MGA’) has now published its White Paper outlining its proposed changes to the country’s regulatory framework for gaming; the reforms put forward represent a significant overhaul of the legal framework, and are split across numerous areas including changes to Malta’s licensing process and taxation. A new Gaming Act will replace various other laws relating to gaming, too. Dr Christopher Dalli and Dr Kristina Mulligan of Gonzi & Associates, Advocates, discuss the proposed overhaul and how industry might react. / read more

Following its consultation which ran from January until April 2017, the GB Gambling Commission (‘Commission’) has this summer implemented its revised enforcement regime. This carries some major changes, such as around the presumption of settlements. Here, Andrew Tait and Andrew Cotton of Gordon Dadds analyse the important changes and also the implications for operators, drawing upon the lessons learnt from recent Commission enforcement action such as that involving BGO and Lottoland. / read more

Following the passing last year of the French Bill for a Digital Republic, liquidity sharing for online poker with a number of other EU Member States has been enabled in France, subject to certain conditions. The liquidity sharing agreement that will set out the regulatory framework for European liquidity sharing was signed in July 2017 by the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish gambling regulators. In this article, Rhadamès Killy and Jean-François Vilotte of De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés outline the terms of the agreement, but also highlight how despite the signing of the agreement, a number of questions about the regulatory framework remain unanswered. / read more

On 9 March 2017 the UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (‘CAP’) published new Guidance on affiliate marketing to help what it calls “social influencers” to abide by its rules surrounding making clear to their followers when something they are viewing on social media is an advertisement. CAP considers it important that affiliates such as bloggers and Instagrammers make this plain to viewers up front. The other key point to be taken away from the Guidance is that the CAP Code applies in full to affiliate advertising online. Anna Mathias, Barrister and Associate at Woods Whur, takes a look at the requirements under the new CAP Guidance and how they fit into existing requirements for gambling operators around advertising. / read more

A new Russian Law to ban the use of tools that allow access to blocked sites has passed through the Russian Parliament and has been signed by the Russian President. The Law looks to make it more difficult to access an illegal gaming or betting website once it has been blocked. Dr Lana Haworth of MMS Law analyses this Law in the context of Russian authorities’ attempts to crack down on those who attempt to circumvent site blocking, and the legal framework behind such blocking. / read more

In Brazil, two draft bills to regulate online gambling have stalled in the country’s legislature, though the arrival of a third draft bill - which seeks to prohibit financial transactions with or on overseas online gambling websites - has served to highlight the expectations surrounding one of the stalled bills, Bill of Law No. 186/2014, which would legalise online gambling in Brazil. Evy Marques and Vivian Tito Rudge of Felsberg Advogados discuss the new draft bill and the status of the other relevant draft legislation. / read more

Members of the Romania Parliament have put forward an amendment that would prohibit the advertising of gambling, which is registered for debate within the Senate. Cristian Radu and Gabriel Ianculescu of Tuca Zbarcea Asociatii, discuss the proposed amendment and what they believe will be the negative consequences for the Romanian online gambling industry if the amendment is passed. / 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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