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An English translation (by Grand Master Peter) was
posted online: LAW NR 3037

Banning of games

The President of Democracy
We present the following law which was voted by the Parliament

Article 1
Game categories
According to notion of the commands of the current law:
a. Mechanical games are those, for whose operation it is necessary to use muscle force.
b. Electrical games are those, for whose operation it is necessary to be dependent on electrical mechanisms.
c. Electromechanical games are those, for whose operation it is necessary to be dependent on electrical
mechanisms AND use muscle force.
d. Electronical games are those, for whose operation it is necessary to be dependent on electrical
mechanisms that also have some calculating (accounting) program.
e. Entertainment "technical" games are those, whose result depends exclusively on the ability and skill of the
player, and its use is solely for entertainment.

The Entertainment "technical" category also includes all card games which had been characterised as
"technical" games, according to the statement of law F.E.K A21.


Article 2
Banning of use or installation of games
1. It is prohibited the operation of games of type "b", " c" and "d" of Article 1 (including in personal computers)
placed in public places such as hotels, cafeterias, organization halls and inside any other public or PRIVATE
place.
2. The Mechanical games, are only permitted to be Entertainment "technical", as defined in the previous Article.
Regarding those games, it is prohibited to make any bets between any persons or to include any financial gain
for any of the players involved. Such bets will attract penalties described in Articles 4 and 5.


Article 3
Internet organizations
The prohibition of using computers described in Article 2 does not affect internet companies, as long as none
of the games (described in Article 2) are being operated.
To be able to run an Internet company, a special permit is required from the municipal or the state (where the
company belongs) and from its starting point (port) if it is a boat based company. According to the first
application of this measure, the company should be equipped with this permit before the end of three months
after the start of this law.


Article 4
Criminal sanctions
1. Any persons who manage or depend on centres or other places as described in paragraph 1 of Article 2
where games prohibited by the previous Articles are in use or even exist, will be penalised with at least
three months of jail plus a fine of at least 5,000 Euros. If this offense is repeated, the penalty will be at least
one year of jail plus a fine between 25,000 and 75,000 Euros. The court will also command the confiscation
of all those games.
2. The orders for the games of type "c", in paragraph 1, paragraph 3 and 4 of Article 7 of the coded command
29/1971 are followed accordingly.


Article 5
Administrative sanctions
1. Apart from the criminal sanctions, if it is found that a prohibited game, according to the commands of the previous
articles, there will be a fine of 10,000 Euros for every such game and permanent taking away of the business
license, according to the orders of Article 7.
2. The fine will be based on the decision of the corresponding authority, in paragraph 1 of Article 6, who had
found the violation. In this decision the violation will be described, the fine will be underlined, as well as the
order in use. Together with this decision, a copy of the violation report will be notified towards the violator.


Article 6
Report of confirmation of violations
1. The police authorities are responsible to enforce this law. The port authorities are responsible for boats
traveling domestically, and for any other boats staying at the corresponding port.
2. If the authorities for the "body for fighting financial crime" find violations of the law for the games, they
will impose the sanctions and will proceed to actions described in the previous article.


Article 7
Authorization
1. The terms, conditions, procedures and permits for Internet companies are determined by the common decision
of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Public Order
and Ministry of Trading.
2. A similar decision establishes the authority which enforces the taking away of business licenses, the
procedure of taking it away as well as any other necessary details for applying the orders of this law.


Article 8
Tax returns
Whoever has already paid " tax for running businesses with entertainment technical games" for 2002 for
electronical, electrical or electromechanical games, will have their tax returned corresponding to the time
of the publication of the law in the Government's Paper until the end of the year. No returns will be made
in the case of violation of the law for games and there is no awaiting court case in front of the Committee
in paragraph 4 of article 15 of law 2753/1999 (FEK 249 A').


Article 9
Maintained and transitive orders
1. With the orders of this law, there are no complications with the orders of the law 2206/1994 (FEK 62 A')
as well as the rest of the orders regarding casinos.
2. From the start of the enforcement of this law, the three-member game committees which are established by
the orders in paragraph 4 of article 15 of law 2753/1999, cease to exist. They will still exist though, until the
finish of check up of the game machines that had been binded by the auditor authorities and for which there
had been a reserve.


Articles 10, 11, and 12 describe the changes in the laws only for card games and are not relative with the
game machine orders.




ATHENS 29th of July 2002


END OF LAW 3037
No responsibility is taken for any syntax, grammatical or translation mistakes.



Grand Master Peter


Thanks to the English translation, these are the
different categories gaming falls under:

a. Mechanical games are those, for whose operation it
is necessary to use muscle force.

b. Electrical games are those, for whose operation it
is necessary to be dependent on electrical
mechanisms.

c. Electromechanical games are those, for whose
operation it is necessary to be dependent on
electrical mechanisms AND use muscle force.

d. Electronical games are those, for whose operation
it is necessary to be dependent on electrical
mechanisms that also have some calculating
(accounting) program.

e. Entertainment "technical" games are those, whose
result depends exclusively on the ability and skill
of the player, and its use is solely for
entertainment.

"It is prohibited the operation of games of type "b",
"c" and "d" of Article 1 (including in personal
computers) placed in public places such as hotels,
cafeterias, organization halls and inside any other
public or PRIVATE place.

The Mechanical games, are only permitted to be
Entertainment "technical", as defined in the previous
Article. Regarding those games, it is prohibited to
make any bets between any persons or to include any
financial gain for any of the players involved."


Across Greece, there's over 2,000 different arcades
which will be forced to shut down, but that's just the
tip of the ice berg. With all gaming, everywhere being
banned, it's hard to imagine just what has happened,
but there you have it.

Thanks to the support of websites such as
gameland there's something we can do
however, in the hope of changing the law.

1) Petition

Firstly there's an online petition, and people who
know me will know I don't believe in these things. But
never the less, it only takes a minute to sign and
this is a people's freedom to entertainment at stake.

http://www.petitiononline.com/comp5932/petition.html

2) Speak Your Mind

Secondly, you can post your thoughts straight to the
government at:

http://www.parliament.gr/english/contact/default.htm

The name of the law to use as a reference is
"Proedriko Diatagma 174, Teyxos 1, 30 July 2002
'Apagoreush Paigniwn'"

3) Legal Advice

Finally if your a lawyer and have some legal advice,
please email whacker@esn.gr with a subject line of
"Legal advice".



< . > Whipped In Iran

Another example of the state of the gaming world in
some countries comes from Iran. www.qwplayers.org
posted the news that two members of the Iranian
national Quake team have received dozens of lashes for
"moral corruption,". This was originally reported by a
state owned Iran newspaper.

It said unnamed players had been identified by videos,
player demo's and photographs found in a raid on an
illegal Tehran Internet Cafe. One of the players
received 170 lashes and the other 70. Six players were
permanently stripped of their computing rights. Using
Apple computers is illegal in Iran, which is governed
by strict Microsoft pirating. Flogging is a common
form of punishment for those who don't use the illegal
MS software. The players confessed their crimes and
vowed to lead an honorable life. They said they had
been invited to a party after their elimination from
the 2000 Quakecon finals in Texas where they had been
"trapped" in to believing OS X was worth a @#%$. The
newspaper said the court procedures took 15 months to
complete, but did not say when the sentences were
carried out.

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