French ISPs Are Ruled to Block Unlicensed Gambling ServicesAdded: Friday, August 20th, 2010
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A French Court, the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, handed out a decision that Internet service providers must block unlicensed gambling sites. Otherwise they would face fines of €10,000 per day. As usual, the critics fear that this ruling would encourage the courts to demand service providers to block all of the other websites that do not comply with the country’s legislation.
France goes on taking Internet censorship to even higher level, announcing the news about Arjel, France’s gambling regulator, which succeeded to persuade the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris to require the France’s Internet service providers block unlicensed gambling sites or, if failed, face a fine of €10,000 per day.
Well, it might sound OK, but there’s always a “but”. One of the problems is that a lot of Internet gambling websites do have a license allowing them to operate elsewhere in the EU, but at the same time they have rejected to adhere to the extra demands that are necessary to receive a license allowing to operate in France. If one wonders why, there’s a simple answer: the first reason is high taxation rates, amounting to 2% for online poker, 8% for sports betting and 15% for horse racing betting. Another reason may be considered the strict transparency demands requiring the websites to store all information concerning gambling activities. These requirements include a demand to store all the information that players and operators exchange between each other, and also the information related to the identification of betting or gaming events. In addition, all this data has to be located on a mirror server based in France and be available at any time.
Considering all this headache, a number of service providers rejected to adhere to these extra requirements and chose not to offer their services to French citizens instead. Now the court decision forces them to block French customers facing a threat of high penalties.
This court decision can be considered quite an important one, as it indicates an escalation in Internet censorship in France – a country which otherwise introduces itself as a bastion of freedom of speech. This first precedent could mean that a wide variety of the websites that do not comply with the country’s legislation would be most likely find themselves blocked by the France’s ISPs as well.
August 20th, 2010Posted by:
Friday, August 20th, 2010
|Once again with the censorship. So because France can't tax it the French don't get to play. Sad shame! I like the way the internet allows us to chat around the world. I wonder how long it will be before we can only be online locally and the closest we will get to porn is the sears catalogue|
|posted by (2010-08-21 15:17:04)|
|The judges in france are old people and they unfortunatly got no idea about the internet they just follow their old principles||
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