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    Default Is it illegal to promote gambling in certain countries?

    In the past I didn't care about legal stuff. But now I try to learn about everything related to this, to avoid any trouble in the future.

    I am wondering if anybody can tell me under which circumstances is it illegal to promote gambling?

    Here are some of my questions:

    1) is it illegal to promote unregulated brands?
    2) is it illegal to promote US welcome casinos?
    3) do we need to add any disclaimers to our sites, like in other niches? (stuff like: we are earning a commission (...) or gambling is addictive ...)
    4) I've been away from the gambling niche for the past 5 years and I am thinking about getting back in. I am not sure what changed since then. Can you update me?

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    My understanding is that the blame/ownership is on the casino's them selves and not you as an affiliate, so technically yes you can promote unregulated brands without any actually legal impact to you as a person.

    It is always helpful to put links to gambling help webistes on your page; gamecare etc.

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    It depends on the country. In certain countries, affiliates did get warnings and/or fines.

    Especially in Europe you have to be careful these days as all countries have their own rules. In Belgium for example they legalized online gambling in 2012 but you can get fines or even jail (never happened) if you promote illegal brands. Since 2019 it isn't even allowed to promote any bonus or jackpot.

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    It does not matter whether it is legal or not until you are caught.

    In many countries promoting gambling is illegal. In the USA, where people still care about law consistency a bit more, it is not illegal. But it does not mean that it will not get you into troubles. In fact the cold spells on gambling are mostly coming from USA.

    Still the concept of legality is obsolete after the 5 years much more than 5 years ago. States have less power and IT corps have more power and you should care more about the big corps + banks because they will most likely cause you troubles. Like the 1) and 2) you will be now in the conflict of interests and you will be told who you can promote by other (competing) programs and not by law.
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    Just don't get caught.

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    I'd say it depends on how you will consider this question. from one side it's illegal, on the other hand you are just telling about casinos and gambling and do anything wrong. my point is, it's a good question for lawers. Don't use your real data like name, address for domain names. Try to use vpn\proxy for work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christiaan View Post
    It depends on the country. In certain countries, affiliates did get warnings and/or fines.

    Especially in Europe you have to be careful these days as all countries have their own rules. In Belgium for example they legalized online gambling in 2012 but you can get fines or even jail (never happened) if you promote illegal brands. Since 2019 it isn't even allowed to promote any bonus or jackpot.
    What would happen if for example you promote illegal casinos in Belgium but you are not from Belgium? Can you theoretically still get a fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiddenchamp View Post
    What would happen if for example you promote illegal casinos in Belgium but you are not from Belgium? Can you theoretically still get a fine?
    Theoretically, you can. But not sure in real life.

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    It is absurd to ask this over and over again.

    I insist that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud loves to eat pork.

    So theoretically I can get a fine, lose an arm or even a head. Theory is not a way to make money, it is a way to get a degree.
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    Thats the point, there are many countries where gambling is illegal but a huge business.
    If you want to participate, be sure that it can bring u in trouble.
    You promote unlicensed casinos in Australia in a big style? Better avoid an Aussie trip!
    You are a big roulette affiliate with a focus on Turkish player? Don't fly to Istanbul.
    Gambling raids all over Asia every day.

    If you want to stay safe, don't target such markets or don't be involved personally as a sole trader or director of your company or what ever.

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    I have to agree with Eenzo. Especially about Turkey, you can got imprisoned or senteced there for playing in illegal sport books, but people play more and more.

    This is the country ,which is haing over 500 bookies and maybe they have became more most recently.

    The most importnat is stay safe. Greed can kill anyone I do not speak only about money and bigger commissions.
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    I mean, don't have your servers/sites in the questionable jurisdiction and you'll be fine. Finland is a good example of this: the government has a monopoly on gambling. Which means that in Finland no one else can organise gambling activities. There are a few loopholes for small scale stuff, but no way you could have an affiliate or casino operating from Finland.

    So host your site (AND YOUR COMPANY) from another country. Problem solved. Finnish government cannot tell you that you are not allowed to publish content in Finnish in Malta. Laws of the land do not extend beyond the borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karri View Post
    I mean, don't have your servers/sites in the questionable jurisdiction and you'll be fine. Finland is a good example of this: the government has a monopoly on gambling. Which means that in Finland no one else can organise gambling activities. There are a few loopholes for small scale stuff, but no way you could have an affiliate or casino operating from Finland.

    So host your site (AND YOUR COMPANY) from another country. Problem solved. Finnish government cannot tell you that you are not allowed to publish content in Finnish in Malta. Laws of the land do not extend beyond the borders.
    You're right. In some countries, there is a state monopoly on gambling. Also, it could be that there is no direct provision for gambling affiliation. However, the authorities tend to tie it to gambling activities. Even if they know the law is not on their side, they could just interpret it the way they like and use it as pressure. It's good to know how "gambling activities" is defined according to the law of the country you are residing in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slawete View Post
    It's good to know how "gambling activities" is defined according to the law of the country you are residing in.
    You, and/or the corporation(s) promoting the gambling activities. Hence why so many unregulated gambling sites are "offshore" in jurisdictions where it is completely legal to offer gambling online.

    In fact, the United States lost a case against Antigua and Barbuda related to online gambling in the World Trade Organization. The WTO ruled for A&B in a big way. Of course, the US government has ignored that decision for a decade, but that is because they have all the guns and they can do as they please!

    Regardless, International law has some precedent here and there are many a high paid attorney specializing in gambling/online gambling who, for the small price of 4 figures an hour, will write you up a legal defense of online gambling proving how it is totally legal to offer.

    It all comes down to personal risk tolerance I suppose.

    I think one of the above posters had it right insofar as the idea that if one is promoting questionably legal activity in country X, don't set foot in country X just to be on the safe side!

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    Maybe the concerned country's constitution should be read completely. Laws about Gambling and other important issues should be documented first.

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    Is it illegal to sell cigarettes to a 13 year old. Yes, but many do it anyways.

    Money or law. Your choice.

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    This is, for example, how things are in Russia.
    Gambling business in Russia until 2006 as an entertainment industry was regulated by federal legislation (Chapter 29 of the Tax Code and the federal law "On licensing certain types of activity") and by local legislation (in terms of establishing various restrictions on the location of gambling business facilities).

    On July 1, 2009 gambling business was forbidden on the territory of Russia with the exception of five specially organized gambling zones in the Republic of Crimea, Altay, Krasnodar and Primorsky territories as well as in the Kaliningrad region

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    There are some countries that give capital punishment for gambling.. so choose wisely

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    You are doing the right thing because you decided to figure it out and act within the law. And here you need to be very careful, because in each country it is regulated very differently, and conditions change very often. It is true that gambling is regulated differently in almost every country. Somewhere it is legal, but somewhere it is not. In addition, there are legal brands, there are illegal ones (for advertising such brands, an advertising agency is always responsible and most likely the company will be fined). Therefore, before taking on promotion and advertising, it is better to find out about the legalization procedure in a particular country, and also see if there are licenses in the brands with which you are going to cooperate. Good luck!

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