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eSports Youtube providers fined for operating unlicensed gambling websites

Dylan Rigby (34) and Craig Douglas (33), who ran unlicensed gambling website, appeared at Birmingham Magistrate’s Court on 18 September 2016 accused of advertising unlawful gambling under the Gambling Act 2005.  On 6 February 2017, the two British men both from Essex who entered guilty pleas to offences under the Gambling Act 2005, were ordered to pay fines; Rigby was ordered to pay £174,000 and Douglas was ordered to pay £91,000.

14 February 2017


Gambling Commission proposes sweeping changes to enforcement policy

On Thursday 26 January, the Gambling Commission published a consultation on proposed changes to its enforcement strategy. The proposals largely focus on a move away from voluntary settlements and a greater emphasis on licence reviews, whilst also providing for the potential of higher fines for licence holders in breach of regulations.

31 January 2017

Technology Outsourcing

All clear or some remaining IP risks in the cloud?

Whether we look to Olswang’s many matters with its clients, or to the IT suppliers’ press releases or the numerous industry surveys, there is no doubt that application cloud services are now part of most CTO’s current offerings or future plans.

30 January 2017

Data Protection and Beyond

Data Protection

Data Protection and Beyond

After four years of negotiations and lobbying, the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was finally agreed in December 2015 and the Regulation will take direct effect in EU Member States on 25 May 2018.... 

18 January 2017


ASA Ruling: Platinum Gaming Ltd (trading as Unibet)

The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has rejected a complaint raised against Platinum Gaming Ltd (trading as Unibet) (“Unibet”) in respect of various adverts that it was claimed could be deemed misleading and/or irresponsible.

12 January 2017

Data Protection

GDPR and the Retail Industry Webinar

Session 4 in our GDPR readiness series. In this webinar, Emily Dorotheou, Sven Schonhofen and Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon of Olswang consider the data compliance risks for retailers throughout the lifecycle of a consumer transaction. The session considers the current position under the Data Protection Directive and Privacy and E Communications Directive, and the changes to come under the new General Data Protection Regulation...

01 December 2016

Data Protection

Data Guidance: Thought leaders in privacy

In this interview, Olswang Partner Andreas Splittgerber provides an overview of developments in Germany's data protection sector, including enforcement trends, during the past year. 

30 November 2016


CS:GO Insights: An Exclusive Interview with’s Alasdair Lamb

If you’re not a part of the online generation then you might not know what eSports are, but the chances are that you’ll have heard the term. A contraction of the words “electronic sports,” eSports have become a global phenomenon over the last decade and, more importantly, changed the face of gaming.

Back in the seventies and eighties, computer games were simple affairs with simple objectives. For anyone lucky enough to have a home console, personal glory was the goal. For those using their pocket money to play Pac-Man in a local arcade, achieving a score good enough for the leaderboard was the dream...

To read the full article, which was originally published on 04 November 2016 on, click here.

07 November 2016

Data Protection

'GDPR and Jurisdictional Issues'

Our recent webinar 'GDPR and Jurisdictional Issues' focused on the current jurisdictional landscape under the Directive...

20 October 2016


Trade marking single letters – Fashion brands fight over P & G

The EU General Court has issued three decisions this week relating to stylised trade marks incorporating letters owned by fashion brands.  The decisions provide interesting examples of how registrations of stylised letters are perceived and the breadth of the protection they afford.

14 October 2016

Data Protection

EU-US Privacy Shield: What you need to know

The EU-US Privacy Shield is a replacement arrangement for the previous Safe Harbour Agreement which was held to be invalid in 2015. In February 2016, the European Commission and the United States Government reached a political agreement on this new framework which provides a mechanism to enable the transfer of personal data from entities in the European Union to the US. It is intended to provide a robust new system to protect the personal data of Europeans through safeguards and commitments deemed to be adequate from a European data protection regulatory perspective...

05 October 2016

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