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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 8 Issue: 7
( 2009)


News

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has unveiled its new dual online gambling licensing framework that will see separate licences issued to business-to-consumer (B2C) remote gambling operations and business-to-business (B2B) gambling platforms, as of 1 January 2010. / read more

Five tennis players are seeking compensation from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and online gambling operator Interwetten, alleging that their suspension for online gambling was engineered to satisfy public and media concerns over corruption in tennis. The players also allege that Interwetten's ability to sponsor future tennis events was conditional on it providing information about the betting activities of players to the ATP. / read more

World Sports Law Report, a sister publication to World Online Gambling Law Report, will be hosting a Sports, Betting & Sponsorship event at the London offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in September. It will examine the financial relationship between sport and gambling; the role of integrity panels; policing sports betting; issues with sponsorship of sport by betting companies; the principle of a 'right to offer bets'; betting operators' contribution to policing against corruption and more. / read more


Features

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission's (AGCC) decision to introduce a dual licensing framework is a sensible one for Alderney and for operators. / read more

Why has the Dutch Ministry of Justice decided to use banks and payment service providers providing services to Dutch customers as a method of protecting its national gambling monopoly? The reason is perhaps because this enforcement method seems to be an easy way of preventing Dutch customers from using non-Dutch licensed gaming sites without having to adopt formal laws. / read more

The European Commission has objected to features of Belgium's draft gaming law - its failure to take account of licensing conditions in home Member States when assessing licence applications, its requirement for an offline licence and for the server to be located in Belgium. Thibault Verbiest and Momtchil Monov, of Ulys Law Firm, examine whether the Commission's objections are justified and suggest that further cooperation is needed between gaming regulators to simplify mutual recognition procedures in the gambling sector. / read more

Syndicates where numerous participants pool national lottery tickets and share any winnings have become increasingly popular and are moving online. Carl Rohsler, a Partner with Hammonds LLP, examines what types of lottery syndicates would require a licence under Great Britain's Gambling Act and whether winnings from such schemes are taxable as a 'Collective Investment Scheme' under the Financial Services and Markets Act. / read more

Russia and Ukraine have recently introduced new restrictions on gambling. Ed Poulton and Matt Totman, of Baker & McKenzie LLP, examine the restrictions and potential methods of challenge to them - including Ukraine's possible breach of its obligations under the General Agreement on Trade in Services and both countries' breach of obligations under the EU Partnership & Cooperation Agreement - and steps that affected parties can take to reclaim invested money. / read more

Operators and brand owners are jostling for position as some European markets prepare for limited deregulation. Jason Chess, Betting and Gaming Partner at Wiggin LLP, examines the new opportunities for gambling operators and onshore brand owners to create value from these markets by means of joint tie-ups and examines how operators can realise the upside of entering new markets with existing media brands. / read more

A number of US States are considering legalising online gambling within their own borders, to raise revenue. Martin Owens, Attorney-at-Law, examines what US State authorities must do and what must be done by the online gambling community in order to help implement reliable and successful online gambling legislation. / read more

Ofcom recently released a Regulatory Statement setting out its new policy on the broadcast licensing of channels and programmes that offer gambling services to UK TV viewers. John Mayes, an Associate at K&L Gates LLP, examines the broadcast regulatory position as a result of Ofcom's recent policy. / 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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