Welcome to the sixth issue of Spotlight on Belgium, the publication through which DLA Piper’s Belgian team brings you up-to-speed with the latest legal updates. And as we are freshly out of the holiday period – it may not...more
Almost five months after federal parliamentary elections took place, the negotiators from the four political parties around the negotiating table (Flemish parties NVA, CD&V and Open VLD and Walloon party MR) reached a...more
The following paragraph was included in the coalition agreement released last week by the new Belgian government:
“The government will review the Games of Chance Act of 7 May 1999 […], with the purpose of increasing...more
In today’s Belgian national media, the Belgian Gaming Commission has pleaded to restrict the offering of free gambling applications (“apps”) which allow persons to gamble for free on their mobile device. The Commission for...more
Since the amendment in 2010 of the Belgian Gaming Act of 7 May 1999, effective as from 2011, both operators of illegal games of chance (article 4 §1 of the Act) and the natural persons playing these games (article 4 §2 of the...more
On November 6, a Paris Court ordered Google to filter out hyperlinks to images of former F1 boss Max Mosley in an allegedly Nazi-themed sadomasochistic orgy. (TGI Paris, 17e ch., 6 novembre 2013, RG 11/07970, Max Mosley c....more
The Gaming Commission again announced yesterday in Belgian media that it intends to restrict the possibility to play games on social network sites such as Facebook. According to the Commission, a majority of the participants...more
Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the Belgian Gaming Commission’s announcement in today’s newspapers that it should be granted access to the State Register in order to fight against...more
Welcome to EiG 2013 -
Last year we referenced the sense of deja vu in the preceding 12 month period and not surprisingly, the same themes and issues have dominated the online gambling industry since 2012.
Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper Brussels) report on a complaint filed by the Belgian Gaming Commission against Brussel’s only land-based casino.
Today, Belgian printed media reports that the Belgian...more
Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the latest ruling of the European Court of Justice in respect of Italian gaming an betting regulations....more
Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on a match fixing trial which started today before the Brussels’ courts....more
The European Parliament today published its Report on online gambling in the internal market calling for a balanced and EU compliant approach when regulating the market.
The European Parliament Resolution contains more...more
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...more
An episode of the Belgian television programme “Basta” on game shows organized by some Belgian commercial broadcasting companies raised a lot of discussion in Belgium. In these shows a number of puzzles and braintwisters...more
We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business.
Bill Gates once said that “(t)he day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.”. Although this may be somewhat of a witticism, no...more
Regulatory framework. Under the Belgian Gaming Act of 7 May 1999, the operation of games of chance is restricted to entities holding a license granted by the Belgian Gaming Commission. The Gaming Act makes a distinction...more