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Australia: Policy tensions crystallise in NSW Impact of Gambling report and former premier’s comments

On 14 August 2014, the New South Wales Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Impact of Gambling presented its report to the New South Wales Government (available here). The report is the product of an extensive public...more

The Netherlands: update on the reformation of the gambling market

Recently, the Council of Ministers approved to the plan of the State Secretary for Security and Justice, mr. Teeven, to reform the Dutch games of chance market. The current policy on games of chance will be modernized...more

Portugal: Fresh moves to regulate online gambing approved by Council of Ministers

A new legal framework for online gambling in Portugal, that has been under discussion for several years, finally seems to be moving ahead. On 19 June, the Council of Ministers approved a proposal of law that will allow...more

Online Poker Players Beware

I thought we had reached the end of our FBAR streak, but not yet. In a Federal District Court case opinion released last week, the Northern District of California ruled that a U.S. online gambler was obligated to report his...more

The Netherlands: national lottery announces to go online

In the run-up to the legalization of the online gambling market in the Netherlands, the Staatsloterij has announced that it aims to offer new types of games on the internet soon. This news appears from the new strategy for...more

Interesting legal issues at Wired Next Fest 2014

The tech gurus in Milan are very excited since next week-end there will be the Wired Next Fest which will cover some of the most relevant technology matters currently discussed. Interestingly some of such issues have been...more

Netherlands: National lotteries wish to donate less to charity

Three Dutch lotteries currently holding a license for organizing charity lotteries (the Nationale Postcode Loterij, BankGiro Loterij and Vrienden Loterij have expressed their wish to pay less to charitable organizations....more

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...more

EU: European Commission consults the games industry on in-app purchasing models

The European Commission has commenced a games industry consultation, looking to assess the impact of in-app purchasing models. ...more

Jeff Ifrah Presents on the Future of Online Gaming at J.P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference

Yesterday, at the annual J. P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, Ifrah Law Founding Member Jeff Ifrah shared his predictions for the growing online gaming industry in the U.S....more

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...more

Lithuania: The latest Member State to propose new online gambling regulations

Gambling Law No IX-325 currently regulates gambling in the Republic of Lithuania. However, it fails to take account of which entities are permitted to provide gambling services and through which means of communication. In a...more

Online Gambling Expansion Holds Potential Profit and Pitfalls

LexisNexis and Spectrum Gaming hosted a Jan. 8, 2014 webinar to discuss the legalization of online gaming in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey, and how this might shape the future expansion of the industry. ...more

Virtual Currency Resources

Decentralized virtual currencies (also called math-based, crypto-, or alt-currencies) harness the Internet’s distributed architecture and vast processing power to provide an entirely new platform for payments innovation....more

Taxation of Virtual Currencies

The taxation of virtual currencies has garnered increasing attention, in part due to the princely fortunes some are making from the rapid increase in the price of Bitcoins. Yet, the U.S. IRS has issued little guidance in this...more

UK: FOBT debate heats up

For those following the ongoing political wranglings over gaming machines in UK betting shops, yesterday’s Parliamentary developments were particularly noteworthy. The issue became front-and-centre in Prime Minister’s...more

Social Media & Games: 2013 Year in Review

2013 was an incredibly active year for social media legal issues. Below are selected highlights on some of the more interesting legal issues that impacted social media, along with links to reference material relating to the...more

German Federal Supreme Court Releases Long-Awaited Decision in Gameforge ‘Runes of Magic’ Case

Last week the German Federal Supreme Court (FSC) finally released its full decision, with reasons, in the Gameforge “Runes of Magic” litigation. The court had already made its decision on 17 July 2013 (file no.: I ZR 34/12)....more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- December 16, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Before leaving for the Christmas...more

Do your Digital Assets have Value? Are they Important?

Many people think that there is little financial value in our digital assets, and that is true in some instances. For example, photographs, blogs, videos, Facebook posts, tweets, and account records do not, by themselves,...more

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

Gaming Legal News - December 2013 • Volume 6, Number 27

In This Issue: - NORTHWEST GAMING LAW SUMMIT: The Seminar Group’s 11th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, which has a heavy focus on tribal gaming, is set for December 12–13 in Seattle, Washington... -...more

The Garden State Goes Online

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 to...more

App Developer Wins in SCRABBLE Battle

Zynga, the world’s largest app-developer has scored a win against the owner of the SCRABBLE brand. This case brings up several interesting points about international trade-mark protection in the era of apps....more

Voluntary Work Held to be Work for Hire in World of Warcraft Suit

In Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., No. 4:12-cv-01096-CW (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2013), an employee of Blizzard brought suit against the company for copyright infringement, alleging ownership of voiceover work used in the...more

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