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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 2 Issue: 10
( 2003)


The flight from the Isle of Man has continued with the departure of Sportech plc which owns Littlewoods Gaming, to the Netherlands Antilles. The Isle of Man is planning to unveil its new approach to gaming regulation at the European Interactive Gaming Congress is Barcelona in November . / read more

The out of court settlement between William Hill and online gaming technology patent owner, Julian Menache, will encourage other gaming software technology owners to seek to enforce existing patents and to obtain new ones. / read more

The implementation of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) into UK law leaves companies until December 11 to prepare their marketing programmes for compliance. / read more


In the September issue of World Online Gambling Law Report there were two articles discussing the most effective methods to ensure fair online gaming. This letter replies to some of the criticisms levelled at eCOGRA. / read more

At the beginning of September representatives from the trade organisation, the Interactive Gaming Council, presented a case for regulation, rather than prohibition of online gaming before the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). This article looks at the case presented and the response of the National Council. / read more

The UK Government recently published the Regulations which implement the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) in the UK and come into force in December 2003.

This article looks at the impact of the Regulation on data protection practice. / read more

Online payments systems are fundamental to the smooth running of online gambling sites. The ability to accept payments in multiple currencies is essential. But the costs associated with foreign exchange transactions and dealing with currency fluctuations can make a dent into what are often narrow margins. This article looks at one particular offering which claims to be able to cut costs and deliver certainty in currency transactions. / read more

Traditionally, sports rights owners have exploited their position by selling all broadcasting rights in an event to one single exclusive broadcaster. The emergence of new technologies creates the opportunity for rights holders to obtain better value and exposure for their premium content and their sponsors, by separating their rights into various packages, each tailored for the individual method of transmission.

Sport is regarded as “premium content”. This is exemplified by the recent prices for Premier League exclusive broadcasting rights. BSkyB successfully used the Premiership as a “battering ram” to force satellite pay-tv into consumers’ homes paying £304m in 1992 for a five year deal, £670m in 1996 for a four year deal and £1.1 billion in 2001 for the current 3 year deal expiring at the end of this season. Operators of new platforms are seeking to replicate the BSkyB model using sport to entice consumers into the world of new technology. In June 2001 Hutchison 3G paid an estimated £35m in a deal with the Premier League to provide football news and clips via mobile telephones until the end of the current season.

This article examines the differences between sports content and other types of content and some of the key legal issues to be considered when seeking to exploit these rights across different media platforms. / read more

The interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (iGGBA) has recently passed and published its new internal Code of Conduct. iGGBA, representing the remote gambling industry, has over 35 members involved in the operation or provision of remote gambling leisure services. iGGBA’s mission is to provide a responsible framework for a successful environment for the institution of remote gambling. This article looks at the background to the Code. / read more

On 5 September 2003, the US Federal District Court of Eastern Virginia released an opinion according to which pop-up messages were a burden for internet users, but not illegal1. With this 19-page opinion, the rights of pop-up admakers such as the Gator Corporation2 and WhenU3 seem to be recognised… at least for the moment. Considering the European regulatory framework for commercial communications, the use of software for marketing or profiling purposes is subject to the legal requirements imposed by various European Directives. / 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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