Questionable EU Restrictions on Online GamingPublished January 25, 2010 by OCR Editor
Pro-gambling organization Right2bet sets the cat among the pigeons.
European legislation is blocking consumer choice viral videos created by Right2bet. The videos are spoofs portraying the EU authorities as a ‘Renegade Referee' imposing random rules on innocent members of the public.
The likeness to the arcane laws currently in place preventing the public from being able to gamble freely is the central issue. Right2bet has taken the onus upon itself to take the matter to the people.
rogue ref shouting the odds
With bizarre gambling laws in the EU it's a triumph of a series of videos, but the truth is far more sobering. EU states run monopolies on gambling. What Right2bet is calling for is an end to such practice and a similar system as is currently in place in the United Kingdom.
The dilemma that would-be viewers are experiencing is that in countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands these videos are grouped under the online gambling category. As such, viewers are not able to see them.
The goal is to get 1,000,000 signatures from folks who are all for freedom of choice. But it's only a handful of countries that allow these videos to be legally screened, such as the UK.
The video displays the sheer inanity of trying to limit people's right to choose. In today's day and age it is not only bizarre that individual freedom should be so curtailed, but it's the nature of the enforcer too which is equally puzzling.
There appears to be no rhyme or reason why EU legislation should impose such draconian measures on the continental populace. If it's free trade that the EU wants, then Right2bet is all for it - in every way.