Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/27/07)

articles:
U.S. May Suffer After WTO Rules Against Internet Gambling Ban (NY Sun, 12/27/07)

Opinion: Raw deal (SF Chronicle, 12/27/07)

Letter to Editor: Let Online Poker Continue (NY Times, 12/27/07)

Card room approval is a safe bet (Ocala Star-Banner, 12/26/07 – FL)

Germany to Ban Online Gambling Jan. 1 Under Accord by States (Bloomberg, 12/27/07)

excerpts:

U.S. May Suffer After WTO Rules Against Internet Gambling Ban (NY Sun, 12/27/07)
“American companies may suffer from the legal piracy of movies, music, computer programs, and other intellectual property after the international regulator of free trade, the World Trade Organization, ruled that a ban on Internet gambling services provided by companies abroad is unlawful. The WTO decision this week is the culmination of a long-running dispute between the U.S. Commerce Department and foreign gambling companies that are forbidden by American law from accepting bets from Americans.”

Opinion: Raw deal (SF Chronicle, 12/27/07)
“Hollywood had better hope that a services liberalization deal reached Dec. 17 between the United States and the European Union holds. Without a successful resolution to the long-running Internet gambling dispute, American movies, music and software could be vulnerable to copyright infringement. The deal is the latest twist in the World Trade Organization wranglings over American restrictions on online gambling.”

Letter to Editor: Let Online Poker Continue (NY Times, 12/27/07)
“The “stern warnings” of the United States to Antigua are arrogant and hollow. They are based ultimately on two bad arguments: that Internet poker is “gambling,” and that government should criminalize Internet “gambling.” Poker is an intellectually challenging game of skill, like chess. It is fun. It is educational. American citizens should be free to play it on the Internet and wherever they wish.”

Card room approval is a safe bet (Ocala Star-Banner, 12/26/07 – FL)
“Ocala Jai Alai came one step closer last week to obtaining a state license to host poker games when the Marion County Commission voted to approve the license request. The commission narrowly gave its blessing, voting 3-2 in favor of the proposal by Ocala Breeders Sales, which owns the jai alai fronton in Orange Lake, and Second Chance Jai Alai, which leases and operates the pari-mutuel facility. And commissioners did so without any discussion. That’s probably because there really was nothing to say.”

Germany to Ban Online Gambling Jan. 1 Under Accord by States (Bloomberg, 12/27/07)
“Online gambling will be banned in Germany as of Jan. 1 after German states ratified an accord that preserves the country’s state monopoly for lotteries and most forms of betting. At least 13 of Germany’s 16 states have submitted the ratification documents, Eric Braum, a spokesman for the Hesse government, which monitors the process, said in an interview today. “That’s the required majority and we expect to have all the rest coming in by New Year’s Eve.”

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