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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 4
( 2010)


News

The political parties competing in the 6 May UK General Election have announced their views on the regulatory state of the gambling industry in the country, focusing on the issue of offshore operators which have fled the UK, in recent years, in favour of more 'business-friendly' jurisdictions, such as Malta or Gibraltar. / read more

The Irish Labour Party published in January a Policy Document - 'Raising the Stakes' - outlining a proposed licensing and tax regime applicable to online operators. / read more

The National Assembly, the Lower House of the French Parliament, upheld on 6 April the Law on the liberalisation of online games, enabling private operators to offer their services in France by way of a licensing system. / read more


Features

Much has been written about it and many have criticised it. One question remains, however, on the 'right to bet'. Why is there so much controversy on the ability for sports events' right holders to licence the right to place bets on the competitions they organise? / read more

In his Opinion on the Engelmann case, published on 23 February 2010, Advocate General Mazák concluded that the Austrian gaming monopoly did not comply with EU law. Dr Thomas Talos, Dr Arthur Stadler and Nicholas Aquilina, of Brandl & Talos, discuss whether the days of the Austrian gaming monopoly are numbered. / read more

Widespread industry consolidation has been a burning issue in the European online gambling sector for some time now, with many industry participants and commentators predicting that 2010 will see the start of large scale mergers and acquisitions amongst key players on the market. Robert Willis, an Associate at Olswang, discusses the latest developments in Europe and the US. / read more

One of the issues dealt with by the new French Law providing for a 'controlled liberalisation' of the national gambling market is the commercialisation of events, translated into the 'right to offer bets'. Other EU countries are still in the process of evaluating such a right and understanding how it could be applied. Nick Fitzpatrick and John Cloke, of DLA Piper, examine how this new right rests halfway through integrity and profit making in sports. / read more

Italy is in the process of modernising its gaming laws, opening the market to online betting and foreign operators. The new regime, based on more attractive fiscal and licensing rules, marks the desire of Italian authorities to liberalise the old framework. Giulio Coraggio, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, examines how new betting laws in Italy are making the country one of the most attractive platforms for gambling in Europe. / read more

Swedish law reserves the right to offer gambling services to operators licensed by the Swedish Government. Therefore, the question of foreign operators' ability to access the Swedish market remains largely unanswered. Ulf Isaksson and Mattias Pettersson, of Danowsky & Partners, examine the most recent case law clarifying Sweden's position on licensing. / read more

One of the most common ways to entice gamblers to play online is to make them try out games in 'demo', 'practice' or 'free play' mode. At one level, most would argue that playing for points rather than money is little more than innocuous fun. However, is this really the case? Dr. Mark Griffiths and Abby McCormack, of Nottingham Trent University, and Dr Jonathan Parke, of the University of Salford, examine some of the real costs of playing free online games on gambling websites. / read more

It is not enough that the EU has not managed - or does not want to manage - to come up with a unified stance on online gambling, now the European Court of Justice's Advocates General (AGs) seem to contradict each other as well. / 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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