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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 8 Issue: 2
( 2009)


News

The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee adopted a report on 12 February that urges the European Commission to create the opportunity for sporting bodies to sell the 'right to bet' to gambling operators. The own-initiative report on the integrity of online gambling, by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Christel Schaldemose, was adopted by 32 votes to 10 with one abstention after over 400 amendments were tabled ≠ a plenary vote is scheduled for the 9-12 March session. / read more

The European Commission will not proceed with any infringement procedures against Member States regarding online gambling before the end of 2009, despite notification received from Finland regarding changes to its Lotteries Act on 11 November 2008. / read more

UK Members of Parliament (MPs) have asked Google to review its policy allowing online gambling advertisements in an Early Day Motion (EDM), filed with the UK Parliament on 10 February. The EDM supported the Church of England's view that Google's decision to reintroduce online gambling advertisements in Great Britain 'during a period of economic downturn' risked normalising gambling in society. / read more


Features

Yet another report has been compiled on the integrity of the online gambling industry that appears to be based on assumptions about the industry, rather than fact. The European Parliament states that online gambling presents a risk of fraud, crime, gambling addiction, dangers to children and a threat to the integrity of sport, however not only does it fail to provide concrete evidence for this, it fails to distinguish between illegal operators and regulated operators in making this statement. / read more

BetAgainstMe.com is a free sports betting site, operating in the US, that offers advertiser-funded cash prizes to users. World Online Gambling Law Report spoke to Joseph Alongi, founder of BetAgainstMe.com, who explained why his site has not fallen foul of US regulators and why his model could be adopted by other US operators. / read more

The Czech Republic's Ministry of Finance recently granted online betting licences to five existing Czech betting companies. Eva Adamcova, a Trainee Solicitor at Peterka & Partners examines why the licenses were granted, plus comments on why the granting of licenses to Czech operators does not necessarily mean that the government is considering licensing foreign operators. / read more

Barney Frank is reportedly considering introducing a new Bill designed to liberalise online gambling in the US. Martin Owens, a California-based Attorney specialising in internet gambling law, comments that Frank's chances of achieving reform through passage of a Bill might be even less than under the Bush administration, and state reform of online gambling offers the best passage towards change. / read more

Section 53 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2008 introduced an amendment stating that betting duty should be paid on all bets made at a bookmaker's premises irrespective of the means by which the bet was placed. Áine Matthews, an Associate Solicitor with LK Shields Solicitors, explains that such a move, examined within an overall push to increase tax revenue, provides a further signal that the Irish government is considering taxing and regulating remote gambling. / read more

The Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds an appeal that the Commonwealth of Kentucky does not have the authority to issue a Seizure Order relating to 141 domain names associated with online gambling. Michael D. Lipton and Kevin J. Weber, of Dickinson Wright PLLC, examine the history of the case and its implications. / read more

A legal committee appointed by the Swedish government has found that the objectives of current Swedish gambling legislation are compliant with EC law, however has developed two alternative proposals for future regulation of online gambling, based on political standpoints. Bengt Palmgren, General Counsel for Sweden's state gambling operator, Svenska Spel, assesses both proposals and any possibilities that they offer for new market entrants. / read more

Under Australian law, it is illegal for a gambling operator to offer bets on a sports event held in Victoria without first coming to an agreement with that sport's governing body. Bill Brown, Special Counsel at Lander & Rogers Lawyers, examines legislation introduced in 2007 that created a 'right to bet' that sporting bodies could sell to gambling operators, a move described as a "world first" by the Victorian Minister for Gaming and currently being considered by European politicians. / 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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