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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 6 Issue: 5
( 2007)


News

The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee (FSC) believes that internet gambling can be regulated to its satisfaction, it established at an 8 June Legislative Hearing on H.R.2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007. / read more

Google will prohibit 'play for fun', tutorial and gambling affiliate websites from advertising through AdWords, extending its ban on online gambling sites that require the user to pay. AdWords allows companies to advertise alongside Google search results by choosing keywords. "We are in the process of rolling out the change", said a Google spokesperson. / read more

The Gambling Commission has published updated rules for operators who want to run gambling businesses in Britain under the new regulatory framework. The June 2007 Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), published on 1 June, set out the updated codes and conditions that operators will have to comply with from 1 September 2007 under the Gambling Act 2005. / read more


Features

Now is the time to start lobbying in the United States. The influential House of Representatives Financial Services Committee (FSC) has confirmed that internet gambling can be successfully and safely regulated in the US and is keen to push ahead with Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. However, to do that, it needs to gather support. / read more

In its decision of 30 May 2007, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court in Luxembourg provided explicit guidance on when restrictions of fundamental freedoms under EU law can be relied upon by a state gambling monopoly in the provision of services. The decision is noteworthy for the level of scrutiny offered in answering key questions and according to Martin Arendts, Attorney at Law with Arendts Anwälte, could provide significant influence in upcoming court cases. / read more

The Bavarian High Court has recently ruled that it is not technologically practical to block internet gambling services from certain states within Germany. Dr. Wulf Hambach and Karsten Schneidewindt, of Hambach & Hambach law firm, discuss whether this decision could liberalise the internet sports betting market in Germany. / read more

Online casinos have historically relied on a perceived exemption to the Wire Act, the text of which appears to only prohibit betting on a sporting contest, argues Lawrence G. Walters, a partner with Weston, Garrou, DeWitt and Walters. Walters points out that the BetonSports ruling could endanger a ruling 'In Re MasterCard', which enshrined that the Wire Act only applies to bets made on a sporting contest. / read more

Now that the Czech Republic is an EU member state, operators have been watching to see if the government will change its internet gambling laws. Eva Adamcová, a junior Attorney-at-Law with Peterka & Partners v.o.s, outlines the current legal position for foreign operators offering internet betting products into the Czech market, and discusses the possibility of future change. / read more

There has recently been strong speculation that Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be introduced in Ireland. Áine Matthews, an associate solicitor with LK Shields, examines the legal status of FOBTs in Ireland and the consequences for bookmakers that introduce them if they are considered 'Gaming Machines' under Irish law. / read more

Leo Barry's case against Australian betting company, TabCorp, for the use of his image in promotional material, highlights the need for sporting organisations to consider what images can be used without obtaining further player consent when signing commercial agreements. Claude Harran, of Dibbs Abbott Stillman Lawyers, examines Barry's claim and its chances of success. / 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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