UK Horserace Betting Right: At Odds with EU Law?
European Intellectual Property Review 37(8) 2015
8 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2015 Last revised: 29 Aug 2015
Date Written: July 1, 2015
About ten years after a previous initiative to replace the Horserace Betting Levy was abandoned following a judgment from the Court of Justice (CJ), the UK government announced that it will introduce a Horserace Betting Right and repeal Levy that to date has cross-subsidised horseracing. In this comment, the authors warn that the implementation of a Betting Right could be problematic from an EU law perspective. The UK government, and any other interested EU legislator, should reconsider the opportunity of a specifically devised betting right.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Competition Law, EU Law, Internal Market, UK Betting Right, Rights to consent to bets, Database rights, Copyright, Sui Generis Database Rights
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