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  1. Norway: Proposal for large scale private lotteries — October 27, 2014
  2. Media, Sport and Entertainment Webinar series 2014 — March 17, 2014
  3. Netherlands: first foreign provider announces its intention to enter the Dutch online gambling market — March 12, 2014
  4. Netherlands: Remote Gambling Act goes before the Council of State — February 17, 2014
  5. Great Britain: Internet Providers reject blocking of illegal gambling sites — January 30, 2014

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Norway: Proposal for large scale private lotteries

by Cecilie Haavik

The Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs has sent a matter for public hearing which concerns allowing large scale private lotteries in Norway.

The Ministry suggests that up to five new private lottery participants shall be allowed to arrange large scale lotteries with a turnover up to NOK 300 million annually.

The proposal has the following main suggestions:

  • If there are more than five applicants that satisfy the conditions set by the Authority, the five permits will be allotted by drawing lots.
  • The permits shall be valid for seven years.
  • Only socially useful and humanitarian organizations that have considerable international activities may apply for a permit.
  • The lotteries that will be arranged must not lead to gambling addiction.
  • At least half of each lottery’s turnover after deductions for gains/prizes must be paid to the ideal purpose.

The Ministry of Culture also proposes new regulations for marketing of such lotteries.

Media, Sport and Entertainment Webinar series 2014

DLA Piper is recognised as a world leading Media, Sport and Entertainment practice. This year, we mark our commitment to advising our clients seamlessly across borders through a variety of new publications and events for our clients and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Netherlands: first foreign provider announces its intention to enter the Dutch online gambling market

Yesterday, the German online lotteries provider Tipp24 notified its intention to enter the Dutch market  and to comply to the proposed Remote Gambling Ac. This means that Tipp24 is willing to donate 40% of its revenue in the Netherlands to charitable causes, if this obligation will become part of the new legislation. Tipp24 is the first foreign provider publically presenting its wish to enter the Dutch market and to comply with the proposes legislation.

The text of the proposed Dutch Remote Gambling Act – although not final – was notified to the European Commission last week. The expectation is that new legislation will enter into effect on 1 January 2015.

Should you require any further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact our DLA Gambling Team in the Netherlands – Richard van Schaik (richard.vanschaik@dlapiper.com), Prof. Jan Kabel (jan.kabel@dlapiper.com), and Róbin de Wit (robin.dewit@dlapiper.com).

Netherlands: Remote Gambling Act goes before the Council of State

Last Friday (14 February), the legislative proposal for the Dutch Remote Gambling Act has been brought before the Dutch Council of State for its opinion. This Act stipulates under which conditions online gambling will be allowed in the Netherlands and amends the current Betting and Gaming Act (Wet op de Kansspelen, hereinafter: “WoK“). Read the rest of this entry »

Great Britain: Internet Providers reject blocking of illegal gambling sites

According to a report by the Financial Times, British internet service providers (ISPs) have rejected an attempt by the Gambling Commission to post warning pages on unlicensed gambling websites, alerting the user that the site is illegal. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S.: Draft legislation aimed at prohibiting internet gambling

By Timothy J. Lowry and Joanna Sykes-Saavedra

Over the weekend, a draft of the “Internet Gambling Control Act” surfaced on the internet.  This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, seeks to expand the scope of The Wire Act (18 USC § 1084) to affirmatively prohibit Internet gambling.  Speculation is that Mr. Sheldon Adelson, the international casino magnate and Chairman / CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is backing the Coalition. Read the rest of this entry »

Japan: Casino promotion legislation submitted

By Koji Ishikawa, Lawrence Gregory Carter, and Keitaro Uzawa

Currently, gaming is generally banned in Japan. There are a few limited exceptions to the ban on gambling with respect to government-managed sports betting in horseracing, speedboat racing, bicycle racing and motorcycle racing and government sanctioned lotteries.  Pachinko, which is a type of quasi-slot machine and vertical pinball-like game, is also permitted.  Casino gaming, including online gaming, has been strictly prohibited in Japan.  Since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, there have been serious discussions regarding legalising casinos in order to boost the Japanese economy and as a way to raise money for reconstruction. Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey: Green light for state-wide online gambling

On 26 November, online gambling was officially given the green light in the state of New Jersey, in what has been a highly anticipated liberalisation of their gambling market.  Pundits and stakeholders alike will be eager follow the experiment as a test-case, as New Jersey is the most populous state to legalise online gambling, as well as the first state to allow a variety of casino games, rather than a poker-only offering. New Jersey’s state government anticipates (possibly quite overstated) that the liberalisation will equate to a USD $1 billion in revenue for state casinos in the first year; netting USD $150 million in tax for the coffers of the state.  Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Gambling Commission publishes betting integrity decisions making framework

The Gambling Commission has published its Betting Integrity decisions making framework. This outlines the Commission’s practices and decision making procedure when betting integrity issues arise, from when the Commission first receives a piece of information to when a case is closed. A flow chart on page five of the published document illustrates, in general terms, the structure of the overall framework.

The framework comes as a result of the Gambling Commission’s betting integrity work programme which aims to detect the threat and lessen the risks of betting in the UK being corrupted by the misappropriation of information or the manipulation of events.

To access the framework, please click here.

Global gambling advertising

As the relationship between regulated gambling and advertising becomes increasingly emotive, DLA Piper’s gambling team comment on the ways in which individual jurisdictions are handling the issue (often by way of the imposition of certain restrictions or limitations on advertising).

Read Global Gambling Advertising which appeared in the September/October edition of iGaming Business.

Sweden: ATG, the governmentally owned Swedish Horse Racing company, wants to abolish the Swedish gambling monopoly

By Björn Collste and Christopher Büller

The Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board, ATG, was established by the Swedish government in 1974 and currently has monopoly on horse betting in Sweden. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweden: Proposal for new rules for the protection of online gamblers

By Björn Collste and Christopher Büller

The Swedish Gambling Authority (Sw. Lotteriinspektionen) has recently published a  proposal for increased protection of online gamblers. Read the rest of this entry »

Belgium: Moving towards the cloud – brief overview

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick

Currently, no specific legal framework exists in Belgium to regulate cloud computing services or contracts. The cloud is regulated under Belgian law including general contract law principles, ecommerce law, consumer protection legislation (in a B2C environment), and data protection regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Ireland: Gambling Control Bill 2013 approved

Hot on the heels of their Northern Ireland counterparts the Irish Government has proposed a number of reforms which suggests their liberalisation of gaming laws. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S.: Patents – you have to play to win

US consumers spend billions of dollars gaming online every year. In five years, the projected spend is between $6 billion and $11 billion annually. With billions in potential additional revenue just a few years away, many companies are turning to US patents to slant the odds of higher profits their way, write DLA Piper’s Paul Taufer, Claire Bennett and Michael Burns.

The full article published in iGaming Business can be read here.

Sweden: No changes to the Swedish Gambling Regulation for another two years

The Swedish gambling legislation and monopoly solution has been subject to debate for numerous years, but has lately been fuelled by a Supreme Court ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: Tax Breakfast Seminar – 20th June 2013

On June 20 2013 DLA Piper’s Spanish tax team will be holding an event where an official from the tax authority will be discussing the tax issues connected with the operation of online gambling activities, with a special focus on the sensitive issue of the existence of a permanent establishment. Please note that the seminar will be held in Spanish.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please click here to access the invitation.

U.S.: Federal online gambling legislation issued in US Congress

Draft legislation was published in the US Congress on 6 June, seeking to introduce a federal system for the regulation of all online gambling (apart from sports). It was introduced by Republican Congressman Peter King and is called the “Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act 2013”. Read the rest of this entry »

Romania: Changes to Gambling Regulation

DLA Piper’s Gaming Team in Romania has recently produced an overview of the recent regulatory changes in the jurisdiction.

To read the DLA update please click here.

Netherlands: Remote Gambling Act issued – consultation procedure ends 21 July 2013

Today (22 May), the long-awaited legislative proposal for the Dutch Remote Gambling Act has been released. This Act stipulates under which conditions online gambling will be allowed in the Netherlands. This Act amends the current Betting and Gaming Act (in Dutch: Wet op de Kansspelen, hereafter: “WoK“). Read the rest of this entry »

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