Question about the legality of gambling affiliate

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    Ditonexx

    Ditonexx New Member

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    Hello everyone, I am a beginner and I am very interested in the question of the legality of advertising on my informational sites about gambling, on which I naturally place an affiliate link to a gaming service.

    And the question itself. Were there any cases in the world when the owner of an information site or a reviewer site about gambling was accused by the authorities of any country and was punished financially or criminally?

    The question is about the affiliate, and not about the gaming service for money. If you know of such cases, you can tell. And give advice in which countries it is better not to advertise gambling.
     
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    BetReels

    BetReels Affiliate Program Representative

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    Hi there,

    If you wish to advertise to USA traffic, then you need a vendor permit from the states which allow online gambling. I think there are 4 states that allow it.

    You can advertise licensed casino and sportbook brands in the countries which have granted licenses. I.e. look for casinos and where they are licensed and you should be ok to market to those markets.

    Regards,
    Jonathan
     
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    NDG

    NDG Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    I can't recall any major news story where an affiliate with a review site was ever
    "accused by the authorities of any country and was punished financially or criminally".

    When it comes to the review site, I think your biggest concern should be the laws of the country where you
    are running the affiliate site from, and not so much about the countries that are bringing in traffic to your site.

    Their are countries where online gambling is clearly legal and their are countries where the legality of online
    gambling is a grey area. As Jonathan has pointed out, there are states in the US where online gambling is clearly legal,
    states where it is considered illegal, and then their are states where their are no laws for or against online gambling.
     
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    KasinoKing

    KasinoKing Player turned affiliate.

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    To answer your specific question: I have never heard of anyone being "punished" legally.

    To answer your general question: Which country are you in?
    As long as they don't have strict anti-gambling laws, I don't think you would have any worries.
    NOTE: I am not an expert in this field!

    KK
     
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    Ditonexx

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    I live in Belarus and often visit Ukraine. There is a lot of experience in white themes.

    There are acquaintances who create their own websites with reviews of gambling with hyperlinks to advertised brands, and they have websites for all countries of the former Soviet Union and there were no problems other than domain locks.

    Domains they have in international areas with the protection of ID. They told me that you should not make such sites for the United States, for Arab countries and for a number of Asian, especially for China.

    But I would like to make similar sites for European countries and Canada, Mexico, Australia and Latin America. Yes, I understand that it is expensive and long, but I'm not in a hurry.

    If I have international com domains there is no org info with ID protection, for example, in Spain only licensed casinos are allowed for Spain, I will only place licensed casinos. So I will have no problems? For example, I will make a website for Italy, I will come there to rest, and they will tell me that I created a website that broke the law?

    I just talked to a lawyer in my country and he did not answer me anything intelligible. And I decided to ask on the thematic forum.

    If here on the site a lawyer with whom you can consult on some countries and the responsibility of the affiliate.

    Or I can compile a list of countries where they interest such parameters:

    1) Forbidden, but affiliates can advertise
    2) It is forbidden, and affiliates are prohibited, but not punishable by law
    3) It is forbidden, and affiliates are prohibited and punishable by law
    4) Not licensed establishments are prohibited, but licensed establishments can be advertised.
    5) To advertise a casino you need a license.
    6) Allowed and there are no restrictions for affiliate

    Or is there some kind of article like that?

    I often visit other countries and do not want to have any problems in the future.

    We in the CIS webmasters just do not worry about this and with whom he did not communicate, no one knows anything.

    For example, on the Ukrainian Internet, you can find many sites on the domain zones UA and the owners do not even hide their ID, and in Ukraine, land-based and online casinos are prohibited and advertising is prohibited. And while the casino is everywhere at every turn, and everyone can play, and no one except the owners are punished, and then selectively.

    Since the countries of the former union are a danger zone, I wish to be engaged in those countries where the webmaster will not have problems with the law or where the maximum that they can do is to block the domain.
     
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    Biti

    Biti Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    If I am right, Catena got punished in the Netherlands for promoting illegal games of chance there. But it's easy to find public listed company.

    I have no clue about gambling laws and enforcement in Belarus. In case it's illegal to promote online gambling there, you could IP-block Belarus. I think it's important to comply with the rules of the country you're living in as that's the country where authorities eventually can give you a hard time.

    Besides that, it's a bit about what you want with your website.
     
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    Ditonexx

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    Who is Catena is a webmaster or a company? Can this information.
    In Belarus, everything is allowed. But in Ukraine there is no, but in fact everything is possible, but Ukraine is a European Somali, there is even scary there.

    My question was such affiliates, somewhere in the world were brought to justice. As it turned out, no. But probably, it is better not to advertise anything in the USA. Is there a section on legal information or a news section?

    As I was told that affiliated sites are simply blocked in many countries, if gambling is not legal and everything, the affiliate will never sign off, if he is not engaged in fraud.

    I do not want to invest in the site $ 10-20K, and then go to jail =)
     
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    Frank

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    If your worried I would seek legal advice from a local lawyer, asking on a gambling forum is only going to get you opinions based on peoples understanding
     
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    Biti

    Biti Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    Catena is a company running affiliate websites.

    I am not aware of any affiliate who got to jail or something because of running an affiliate website, but it could have happened somewhere in the world.

    I think the best thing is to decide on which markets you'll focus and ask legal advice for that.
     
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    NDG

    NDG Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    If you are really concerned about the laws of the countries that you are targeting, then I would
    say that you should go with what Biti said. Put together a list of the countries where you'd like to
    promote online gambling, and then do some research and get legal advice for those countries.

    A much better option is to just develop a web site that caters to players in various countries, that
    way it doesn't look as if you are targeting one specific country, and they can't really prove that you are.
     
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    e_abrams

    e_abrams Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    I think that first and foremost you need to look into the situation in your own jurisdiction. These things differ very, very widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
     
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    xecutable

    xecutable Stranger

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    Seek an opinion from a local GAMBLING lawyer. I can't stress enough that it has to be someone that deals with GAMBLING or you will get yourself in one big giant mess that takes $ and time to fix. I sleeked in the beginning just a legal adviser and while the damage she did was reversible, she was clueless to what this industry is, and pretty much though of me as a money launderer working for shady casinos from the 60s.

    A gambling lawyer will know most brands, most situations, is familiar with your local laws and knows if there's anyone that might prosecute you if you are breaking it. Won't have to tell you "i will check and get back to you" if you hear that ditch him/her find another one.
     
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    e_abrams

    e_abrams Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    Now that is good advice. Speak with a professional and listen to their advice.
     
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    Slawete

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    1. Make sure the server is located in a gambling-friendly country, like the UK.
    2. Don't target one specific country.
    3. The site's language should not be spoken just in one country. English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and even Russian are ok.
    4. Don't ask too many people about the legality of your plans. Keep your plans quiet.
     
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    Easy.Vegas

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    I know this is an old thread, but it still comes up prominently in Google searches, so people are still reading it. I found it when Googling to see if there's anything I left out of my article on the subject.

    Asking about "any cases in the whole world" is pretty broad. I doubt that anyone compiles that kind of information. I know of one case in the U.S. (there may be others), but I don't pay attention to the situation in other countries, and there are hundreds of them.

    In general, the main issue of legality is one of jurisdiction: which country's laws apply? The laws of the country where the site owner is, or where the survey is, or where the reader/player is? Answers:

    (1) You can certainly expect to be subject to the laws of whatever country you reside in.

    (2) For the server location and reader/player location, that's never been clearly decided. In *general* laws don't seem to reach across borders about Internet publishing, but there are exceptions, the most famous being GDPR, in which the whole world is adhering to laws of the EU.

    I echo what others have said, especially about checking the laws of your own country (at a minimum), and locating your server in a friendly country.

    I wrote an article about whether affiliate sites are legal in the U.S., so much of it isn't relevant to your situation, but many of the same legal concepts still apply. I can't post links, so Google my site (Easy Vegas).
     

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