On November 28, a round table on the role of the European Union in online gambling was organized by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) during the sixth Responsible Gaming Day in Brussels.
By the judgment rendered on 22 October 2013 in the Belgian version of the long-lasting The Pirate Bay saga, the Belgian Court of Cassation (Belgium’s Supreme Court) confirmed the lawfulness of a far-reaching injunction order...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
As part of the European Council conclusions of 24/25 October 2013, EU Ministers agreed that new Data Protection legislation should be adopted by 2015, rather than by the end of May 2014, as the European Parliament and the...more
BETTING AND GAMING -
UK: 12-year ban for snooker match fixing - The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing....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
Yesterday, the Belgian Privacy Commission’s announced its intention to make enforcement its number one priority:
- A dedicated inspection task force will be set up pro-actively monitoring companies and organisations...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.
Procurement and Public Sector Equality Duty Review - On 6 September 2013, the Minister for Women and Equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review.
Mobile banking - supporting an innovative and secure...more
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
In This Issue:
- IPT INSIGHTS
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPORT – A WINNING COMBINATION...
- THE CJEU GOES TO THE MOVIES: REFLECTIONS ON FILM COPYRIGHT FROM AUSTRIA, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UK
In the summer of 2013, the Belgian Privacy Commission and Ministry of Justice concluded a Protocol Agreement which clarifies the rules and procedures applicable to data transfer agreements....more
The Belgian government has issued a ban on mobile phones designed for children by Royal Decree of 30 July 2013. The ban covers selling and advertising mobile phones which are made visually attractive for children, as well as...more
Belgium has enacted new data retention legislation on 30 July 2013. Telecom operators must now store communications traffic data, location data, data identifying the end-user, data on the communication service used and on the...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
Mobile apps may, and frequently do, have access to a lot of personal information. This personal information can include one’s contact list, location, calendar and photos. Through social network integration, this includes...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
Belgian media reported today that the Belgian competition authority conducted surprise inspections at the offices of the National Lottery. The raids began on Tuesday (23 July 2013), and were conducted by Belgium's Competition...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