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Betting Chains Face New Limits on Data

10 June 2004

LONDON – As reported by Bloomberg: "William Hill Plc, the U.K.'s second-largest betting chain, and competitors in Greece, Sweden and Finland are violating European Union law when they use data on horse racing and other sports events without permission, an aide at Europe's highest court said.

"A unit of London-based William Hill infringed the rights of the British Horseracing Board when it used unlicensed data on its Web site after obtaining it from newspapers and broadcasters, Christine Stix-Hackl, an aide at the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, said in a news release.

"Bookmakers can't re-use information 'even if they don't obtain the data directly from the database but from other independent sources such as print media or the Internet,' Stix-Hackl said…"

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