Why are 13 countries excluded from various contests, giveaways, sweepstakes run by many different types of organizations on the Web?
These countries are: Taiwan, South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Austria, China, Russia, Hong Kong, Greece, France, Japan, Spain, Czech Republic.
This is easily checked by searching the web with the following keywords:
-germany Taiwan, South Korea, Portugal, Italy, Austria, China, Russia, Hong Kong, Greece, France, Japan, Spain, Czech Republic
Note that I have added
-germany at the beginning to exclude Germany, so as
not to get any list of the world countries.
What kind of legal problems would the inclusion of these 13 countries raise? I realize this may differ according to the concerned country.
This question may be related to the previous #SOreadytohelp - international giveaway without terms and conditions?. But it is possibly more focussed in determining the precise reasons.
It is also interesting to note that most sites concerned by my remark do not seem to use the word "lottery" (not a systematic analysis, though ... and it may have other motivations).