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Should Electronic Sweepstakes Be Illegal?
New Rochelle, NY, December 5, 2012—Electronic sweepstakes, often played in Internet sweepstakes cafes, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S., but are facing significant legal challenges. Should they be considered a form of gambling? This question, the distinctions between electronic sweepstakes and gambling, and how the different states are approaching electronic sweepstakes, are explored in an in-depth roundtable discussion among expert panelists and in the article “Internet Sweepstakes,” both published in Gaming Law Review and Economics, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The roundtable and the article are available on the Gaming Law Review and Economics website.
Moderator Steven Zweig, Managing Editor of Gaming Law Review and Economics, leads a distinguished panel in an important discussion that focuses on why electronic sweepstakes, which require no cost or entry fee to play (just like traditional non-electronic sweepstakes), are causing such an uproar among law enforcement, legal, and judicial groups nationwide. Whether these games should be more tightly regulated or banned, and what other options should be considered, are discussed by the roundtable panelists, including Adam Charnes (Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP), Patrick Fleming (Fleming Law Office), Joseph Kelly (SUNY College Buffalo), Kelly Mathis and Miriam Wilkinson (Mathis & Murphy PA), and Jerry Mooney (Weston Garrou & Mooney).
Joseph Kelly, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Law Review and Economics and professor of business law at SUNY College at Buffalo, and attorney Alex Igelman present a detailed, state-by-state look at regulations enacted, moratoriums imposed, and legal actions taken to limit or prevent the operation of Internet cafes. Yet when challenged in court, these actions may be reversed since sweepstake games may not be gambling. “Internet café law is in a state of flux,” state the authors in the article “Internet Sweepstakes.”
“It remains to be seen whether states will finally legalize, tax, and regulate sweepstakes cafes or, as in the prohibition of alcohol, attempt to close them down irrespective of customer demand,” says Joseph Kelly.
About the Journal
Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy is the only authoritative peer-reviewed journal covering traditional land-based, Internet, and wireless gaming law in one of the fastest growing economic leisure industries. The Journal provides the latest developments in legislative, regulatory, and judicial decisions affecting gaming at both the state and federal level in the U.S. and in more than 75 countries, as well as coverage of economic issues associated with the exponential growth of casinos and gaming practices. Topics include legal aspects of all forms of gaming, including casino games, lotteries, sports books, and horse racing; new regulations in Internet and wireless gaming; legal restrictions on gaming and advertising; gaming license requirements within and across jurisdictions; legal aspects of credit and collection of debts; litigation in application, citing, and employment issues concerning casino operations; gaming tax issues; and intellectual property. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed online at the Gaming Law Review and Economics: Regulation, Compliance, and Policy website.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science, biomedical research, and law, including Election Law Journal and Biotechnology Law Report. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.