UK: Betting on TV programmes: has the novelty worn-off?

By Sean Godfrey and Verity Young

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to operators who offer markets on pre-recorded TV shows such as the Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing and other novelty products following negative media reports around the integrity of such betting, causing damage to the wider perception of gambling in Great Britain.

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No gaming duty on non-negotiable chips and free bet vouchers

The UK Upper tier Tribunal has overturned the decision of the First Tier Tribunal and decided that no value should be attributed to non-neg chips and free bet vouchers for gaming duty purposes given out by casinos.

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Changes to be introduced by the amendment to the Polish Gambling Act – part 1: changed definitions

The Polish Regulator has published the wording of the proposed amendment to the Polish Gambling Act. If enacted, it will come into force on 1 January 2017. In subsequent posts, I will highlight the most interesting changes and provide some comments.

The new amendment changes or modifies the definitions of gambling games. Namely, it provides that: “Gambling games include games of chance, betting, card games, gaming machine games, and games operated through the Internet.” This means that card games are no longer considered as games of chance but as a separate type of gambling. In addition, a new category of gambling is specified – games operated through the Internet.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Defeat for speed skater Claudia Pechstein before the German Federal Court

Five-times Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein yesterday lost a case before the German Federal Court (BGH) seeking jurisdiction before German courts and claiming damages from the International Skating Union (ISU).

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BELGIUM: High Court decision on right to be forgotten

By Patrick Van Eecke and Kaat Van Delm

Nearly two years after the European Court of Justice has issued its famous judgment on the right to be forgotten, in its Google Spain Case (read our blog from 14 May 2014 here), the Belgian Court of Cassation has for the first time decided itself on the matter (Cass. 29 April 2016, n° C.15.0052.F).

The Court decided that the right to privacy and right to be forgotten expressed by the claimant justify the limitation of the right to freedom of expression from Le Soir. Therefore, Le Soir needs to remove the name of the applicant from the article in its database. Read the rest of this entry »

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German Federal Constitutional Court: Sampling can be protected by artistic freedom

The German Federal Constitutional Court (‘BVerfG’) has ruled in favor of a hip-hop artist who used a two-second sample of the song “Metall auf Metall” from the electro-pop band Kraftwerk.

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Webinar – What changes with for gambling companies the EU Privacy Regulation?

Here is an opportunity to discuss about the impact of the EU Privacy Regulation on gambling companies during a webinar taking place on 9 June 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poland: Key points to be regulated by the new amendment to the Polish Gambling Act

On Monday 23 May, the Ministry of Finance (the Polish gambling regulator (“Regulator“)), published a list of points to be covered by the forthcoming amendment to the Polish Gambling Act.

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New Football Rules: Revision of Laws will apply to UEFA EURO 2016

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) as the guardian of the Laws of the Game has approved the most comprehensive revision in the IFAB´s 130 year history. The changes are effective as from 1 June 2016 and therefore will already apply to the upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

In addition to several changes with regard to restructuring, consistency and wording the IFAB also decided on material changes which will have huge impact to the game. The most relevant change will properly be that if a player commits a denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity inside the penalty area it will now be punished only with a yellow card if the foul was an attempt to play the ball. A red card will only still be given for offences like a deliberate handball, for holding, pushing and pulling, and serious foul challenges or violent conduct. Therefore, the often criticized threefold punishment will be canceled in situations where the player is clearly trying to play the ball and therefore committing a foul in a football-typical challenge.

There are several further changes. For example, it was clarified that not all handballs will result in a yellow card but only in cases where the handling interferes with a promising attack or where it was used to attempt to score a goal. If a substitute, a team official or a player who was sent off enters the field and interferes with play it will now be punished with a direct free kick or even a penalty. Small changes are also relevant for the offside rule, eg that teams players’ arms are not considered when judging offside and players going off the field will be considered to be on the goal line until play stops or the ball was played by a defender towards the halfway line out of the penalty area. Furthermore, if a player is injured by a foul which results in a red or yellow card the injured player can have quick treatment on the field and will not have to go off.

All in all, the revision will ensure that the Laws are appropriate for football in the 21st Century and promote “fair play”. Teams, coaches, media and fans will have to get familiar with the new Laws as they have the potential influencing match and tactics of professional and amateur football likewise. The electronic version of the Laws and a summary of changes can be downloaded at www.theifab.com.

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Is online gaming dependent on offline?

Online gaming is heading towards hybrid models of business where offline services are still relevant, but this approach needs to deal with regulatory restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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