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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 2
( 2010)


The implementation of a 'controlled liberalisation' of the French gambling market is planned to start in summer 2010, several months after the French Lower House approved a draft law on the liberalisation and regulation of the French online gambling industry, in October 2009. / read more

The Chinese Government has announced it is planning a major crackdown on online gambling. In a statement released on 9 February, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said the government will 'concentrate on investigating major and important cases of online gambling, knock out domestic and foreign groups that organise online gambling, and severely punish the criminal elements'. / read more

European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General (AG) Bot upheld the primacy of EU legislation over Member State laws regarding the operation of gambling services in a 26 January Opinion, saying a German State could not be granted any exception to the freedom of providing services or to the freedom of establishment for the sake of a restrictive regional gambling licensing system. / read more


The introduction of webfilters in Australia has inspired other governments to do the same. Tifatul Sembiring, the Minister of Indonesian Information and Communications, announced last week that his country plans to 'filter content on the internet by using a system like the one Australia has chosen'. / read more

The UK's 2007 liberalisation movement seems to have been unsuccessful in creating satisfying operating conditions for foreign gambling providers. The UK Government is in the process of looking for new ways to attract new operators - 'ways' which are being heavily criticised by many in the sports and betting industries. Marcos Charif, an Associate at Harris Hagan, examines the UK Government's plans to create a better future for the national online gambling market. / read more

The Czech Republic is in the process of updating its legislation on online gambling by promoting a regulated opening of its market. However, this liberalisation movement is subject to various competing political view points. Martin Lycka, Legal Adviser in cooperation with Betfair, examines to what extent the future of online gambling in the Czech Republic seems underpinned by uncertainty. / read more

Television broadcasters increasingly accept products and services within their television programmes. Jason Chess, Partner at Wiggin LLP, discusses what impact product placement has on British television and under which restrictions product placement of gambling services is permitted. / read more

To date, little research has been done on the relationship between adolescent children and online gambling, especially regarding the conditions in which they can access e-gaming sites or the regularity with which they play. Professor Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, examines how various studies, conducted in the EU and in the US, account for the links uniting adolescents and remote gaming. / read more

Countries in the northern parts of Europe are undergoing very different movements regarding the regulatory management of their gambling industries, mostly under pressure from European institutions. Pekka Albert Aho, Lawyer at AA Legal Finland, goes over the latest developments in gaming legislation in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, with a view to the future. / read more

Right2bet is a pan-European coalition of consumers, betting operators, online web portals and media publishers, united in their desire to see the European online betting market liberalised. Ari Last, of right2bet, discusses how the organisation works and what are the values it stands for. / read more

A recent Court of Appeal judgment has confirmed that if, prior to 1 September 2007, any money was loaned or borrowed for the purpose of future gambling (or the repayment of gambling debts), a claim for any amount still unpaid is potentially unenforceable. Under the Gambling Act 2005, any gambling-related loans made after that date are not affected. Recent press coverage of Premier League footballer Matthew Etherington's gambling debts has highlighted circumstances in which this principle may still be relevant. / 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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