Wednesday, March 02, 2005

DUTCH COURT UPHOLDS BAN ON LADBROKES INTERNET GAMBLING

DUTCH COURT UPHOLDS BAN ON LADBROKES INTERNET GAMBLING
Gambling operator Ladbrokes, owned by Hilton, cannot offer
Internet-based betting services in the Netherlands,
according to a ruling by the Dutch Supreme Court that upheld
a ban by a lower court. Gambling is regulated under Dutch
law, and only organizations with a special permit can offer
services. Ladbrokes, which does not have a permit, is
offering its services on the Internet and through call
centres operated outside the Netherlands. The Supreme Court
noted that the gambling site may use geolocation software to
ban Dutch users from accessing their site. Dutch decision at
<http://ladbrokesdecision.notlong.com/>
Coverage at
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050221/80/fcxg6.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/news/0,12597,1419838,00.html
[Source BNA newsletter]

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