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

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Thomas Margoni

Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), Faculty of Law - KU Leuven; University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe

Ben Van Rompuy

Leiden Law School - Europa Institute; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - iMinds-SMIT

Date Written: July 1, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Margoni, Thomas and Van Rompuy, Ben, UK Horserace Betting Right: At Odds with EU Law? (July 1, 2015). European Intellectual Property Review 37(8) 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2640693

Thomas Margoni (Contact Author)

Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), Faculty of Law - KU Leuven ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

University of Glasgow - School of Law - CREATe ( email )

Scotland
United Kingdom

Ben Van Rompuy

Leiden Law School - Europa Institute

Steenschuur 25
Leiden, 2311ES
Netherlands

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - iMinds-SMIT ( email )

Pleinlaan 9
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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