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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 12
( 2010)


News

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat) confirmed on 7 December he is pushing for a last-minute Bill to legalise online poker in the US. "Senator Reid is working to find a way to get it done", his Spokesman said. While the text of the Bill has not been made public, members of Reid's team have been circulating a 57-page document since late November, proposing to amend the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act - which bans online gambling in the US. / read more

The EU Commission announced on 14 December that it will launch an official investigation into the 2010 Danish Gambling Tax Act, which creates a differentiated tax regime between land-based operators, and online and betting operators. / read more

After restricting gambling activities and operators to four specific territories in 2009, Russia has introduced a Bill that would target players as well. / read more


Features

This year started with a sigh of relief for UK-based operators, when, in January, the UK Government took away a competitive advantage for offshore businesses and proposed a licencing regime for foreign gambling operators. / read more

The EU online gambling market has, for the last few years, been a protracted legal battleground. Citing EU free movement principles, operators have been fighting monopolies and restrictive licencing regimes for a share of markets that the incumbent providers (and their stakeholder government) have been desperate to hold on to. / read more

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, banks and other financial institutions are looking for new ways to do business. Bank account lotteries would seem to provide such an avenue, but they are currently forbidden in the US - one of the reasons being they are too 'risky'. Agnes Bundy Scanlan and Tina Petruzziello, of TD Bank, examine the legal framework applicable to those lotteries. / read more

The new Dutch Government has indicated it might introduce a licencing regime in 2012 and open up the online gambling market. The situation is still unclear, however, as legal and political obstacles are still in the way of any market opening. Justin Franssen and Milena Latuputty, of VMW Taxand, discuss the latest legislative developments in the Netherlands. / read more

The Irish Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, announced on 7 December 2010, in his 2011 Budget speech, that he was going to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that bets placed on the internet by domestic 'punters' are subject to the same level of betting duty as applies in high street betting shops. At present, betting duty in Ireland stands at 1% and has only applied to bets placed in betting shops by customers in Ireland. Betting tax did not apply to bets placed by Irish people either online or over the telephone with offshore entities. This is about to change. / read more

Domain names are a very valuable asset for gambling operators as they are the online representation of an organisation's brand name and reputation. Joel Vertes, Associate at Olswang LLP, examines the disputes that have arisen regarding the ownership of domain names, especially in the 'Kentucky domain names' case. / read more

Germany has been at the centre of recent uncertainty regarding the uniformity and consistency in the regulation of its various gambling industries. Dr Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz, of Melchers Attorneys, examine the recent events that have brought Germany in the limelight. / read more

Online gambling affiliates and operators are locked in a complex relationship, which can create contractual and financial issues. Paul Miltenberger, Senior Associate at the Spectrum Gaming Group, examines the relationship between those two entities and discusses the conflicts that usually arise between the two parties. / 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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