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World Online Gambling Law Report

Volume: 3 Issue: 4
( 2004)


Negotiations between race course owners and TV companies for the rights to racing following the collapse of the attheraces deal were drawing to a climax as we went to press. / read more

Leading remote gambling industry figures, while broadly welcoming the UK Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee report into the Gambling Bill, are concerned that a combination of taxation policy and open door advertising rules could threaten the UK’s prospects of becoming a global centre for the online industry. / read more

Lord McIntosh of Haringey, the UK Minister for Media and Heritage, will set out the government’s response to the joint parliamentary scrutiny committee’s report on the Gambling Bill at World Online Gambling Law Report’s Summer Retreat 2004. / read more


The Joint Scrutiny Committee published its report in relation to the draft Gambling Bill on 7 April. Contrary to industry rumours that the Committee had taken a very negative line, overall the Committee was supportive of the aims of the DCMS (the Department of Culture, Media & Sport). However, it made 139 recommendations suggesting modifications either to the specific wording of the Bill, or the underlying policy. This article analyses the Scrutiny Committee report. / read more

The potential benefits of the proposed new UK regulatory system risk being at best diminished and at worst made redundant by the accompanying policy on advertising and the lack of clarity on taxation, argues Sportingbet Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Payne. / read more

On 8 March 2004, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in a long running dispute between HM Customs and Excise and United Utilities plc1. The problem illuminates one area of the law of VAT, but also has wider reaching consequences in understanding when a third party service provider may or may not have become involved in providing betting, lottery or other forms of gambling services. / read more

Viral marketing can be a dream solution for savvy marketeers. But the power and speed of online ‘word of mouth’ promotion carries risks as well as rewards. This article looks at the growth of viral marketing and the regulatory and commercial issues it raises. / read more

The availability and exploitation of sporting results and information is a highly topical area of law at the moment in the UK as well as elsewhere in the EEA. This article looks at a recent anti-trust decision in the USA which gives an interesting insight as to how courts elsewhere in the world might address these issues. / read more

The impact of the World Trade Organisation ruling on the United States is the focus of this article. Rick Smith and Keith Furlong from the Interactive Gaming Council look at the reactions of US politicians and industry leaders to the decision. / read more

About World Online Gambling Law Report

The monthly law journal exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming including licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, match fixing, Bitcoin gambling, gambling fraud and security, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill, the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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