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Bodog's Domain Names Confiscated

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by lnspin, Aug 28, 2007.

    Aug 28, 2007
  1. lnspin

    lnspin Senior Member webmeister

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    First off , currently bodog.com does not exist you have to go to Newbodog.com and you can download the software and log in and play from there , for poker and casino .

    Now Why is bodog not working anymore ? Well they stated they have DNS problems , which means , the forgot to renew the domain name and someone else bought it , and is probably holding it hostage for some cash .


    heres The Message From Calvin

     
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  2. Aug 28, 2007
  3. Paddy

    Paddy Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas

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    Bodog Site Down

    The other forums are carrying news that Bodog's site is down for the last 24 hours.

    There is a new site called NewBodog.com. On that site, Calvin's face appears and there is a link called "Why The Switch To NewBodog.com" It used to work but it doesn't anymore, at least for me.

    When it did work, it said this:

    So he's saying that some other character has claimed the Bodog name. And there's a court case going on. Doesn't say where.

    But as I have posted on OGD and MW, Bodog has no real standing to claim a property interest in the domain name bodog.com. Bodog is a criminal organization under US law. No US court is going to recognize ownership of a domain name by a criminal organization. Likely some smart guy recognized that and has contested the rights to the name Calvin claims. As long as he doesn't intend to use it for criminal purposes, he will win.

    So that has a lot of implications for everyone, if anyone still has money at bodog. That doesn't seem to be the case, given the relatively low level of comment on the forums.

    I guess that's the real test of what kind of business you have. Shut down for a day and see if anybody notices.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2007
  5. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

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    Wonder if that's the last thing Gonzales did... buy a domain name... ;)
     
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  6. Aug 28, 2007
  7. winbig

    winbig Keep winning this amount. webby PABnononaccred

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    Huh?

    Looks like phishing to me. Take note of when the domain was registered: YESTERDAY.

    There's also no mention of this "newbodog.com" in the email I received today:

    The real bodog.com:

     
  8. Aug 28, 2007
  9. Paddy

    Paddy Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas

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    Yes, I'm sure there is more to come.
     
  10. Aug 29, 2007
  11. Slotster!

    Slotster! I predict a riot. CAG

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    What a *diabolical* oversight for a company that lives and dies by the internet!

    Nothing like domain confusion and diverts to give your players confidence in handing over their credit card/financial details :eek::eek::eek:
     
  12. Aug 29, 2007
  13. Paddy

    Paddy Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas

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    Clevfan seems to have broken the story over at MW.

    It seems a company with a patent on gaming software has successfully sued Calvin in Seattle court for patent infringement and has been awarded $48 million. On August 21, a writ of execution was granted and that likely allowed the plaintiff to take over the rights to the domain name bodog.com, calvinayre.com, etc.

    Let's hope there weren't many people left with money on deposit at Bodog.
     
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  14. Aug 29, 2007
  15. Tdoggy

    Tdoggy Experienced Member

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    what???

    Wow isn't this bad business by Bo Dog. Come on guys wake up!!! This is very sloppy on their part:eek: And you want us to deposit and play here???? Wow very scary... Delayed payments... Don't protect "your name" of your website..:eek: Send me some free cash to my account and if I win and get paid then I might just make a deposit :thumbsup:
     
  16. Aug 29, 2007
  17. just play

    just play closed account

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    You are so funny....they are NEVER going to give you free money.



    (they should give it to me instead :D )
     
  18. Aug 29, 2007
  19. Tdoggy

    Tdoggy Experienced Member

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    :)

    Come on Calvin what is a free 20 to a multi million dollar casino operation??? Show some love :D

    I just sent Calvin a personal e-mail. I have faith that he will respond kindly and show his gratitude and insert a few dollar bills into my poker account :)
     
  20. Aug 29, 2007
  21. SlotsWizard

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    I find this quite amusing. Mostly because I've never really been a fan of Bodog.

    The 32,000 question is, who is this other party that thinks he owns Bodog.com? Is it some greasy-haired slob living out of his mom's basement, or some greasy-haired slob with a suit-and-tie living out of Washington DC?

    I remember reading something a couple years ago where Microsoft forgot to renew their domain name and some guy generously did it for them so that they wouldn't experience any service interruption... and they merely reimbursed him the $30. You'd think they could have $hown a little more re$pect to someone who did that, but they were probably nervous that he was going to try what Bodog's hijacker is now doing.

    Anyway... regardless of the fact that I am not a Bodog player... given everything that's been going on in the US, this is really bad timing and doesn't give off a good vibe.

    And I can't imagine it's very good for business either... :lolup:
     
  22. Aug 29, 2007
  23. lnspin

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    Story is 1st Technology LLC holds the patent on bodogs software , and for some reason , guess bodog did not give them there cut , 1st Technology LLC sued them in a US court , Kings Superior Court In Washington State for $48,937,456.00, since no one from bodog showed up in court for fear of stepping on US soil , the judge had to rule in favor of 1st Technology LLC . So i guess they made bodog forfit the name .

    look at You must register/login in order to see the link.

    look down to case number 07-9-21969-8 , its on the first page , dated 8/1/2007 , with this case number you can also go to the court main site [ You must register/login in order to see the link. ]and get more info on what they were charged with
     
  24. Aug 29, 2007
  25. gerilege

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    If you re-download the casino client from the new site, and re-install it, you will be able to log-in from the client as well. In case you still would like to play there...
     
  26. Aug 29, 2007
  27. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Here's the official press release from Bodog:

    Bodog Remains Fully Operational

    Online gaming giant continues to offer customers full service
    despite domain dispute


    For Immediate Release

    August 28, 2007

    Bodog is encountering DNS issues related to several of its websites and is directing customers to an alternate site (You must register/login in order to see the link.) with little or no interruption to service.

    We are having difficulties related to our DNS registration but in little more than 12 hours, nearly all aspects of the website have been updated to reflect the environment our clients are accustomed to, says Bodog founder Calvin Ayre. We are working to resolve any of the minor remaining glitches on the alternate site, but other than that it is business as usual.

    According to Ayre, the problems result from a dispute over the ownership of the Bodog.com domain name.

    We are fighting this dispute and are confident that we will win, says Ayre. I sincerely apologize to any customers affected by our interruption and will continue to provide updates
     
  28. Aug 29, 2007
  29. jetset

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    The above sounds about right. It seems a company with a patent on gaming software has successfully sued Ayre in a Seattle court for patent infringement and has been awarded $48 million.

    On August 21, a writ of execution was granted and that likely allowed the plaintiff to take over the rights to the domain name.
     
  30. Aug 29, 2007
  31. lnspin

    lnspin Senior Member webmeister

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    Wrote a small indept article on whats going on there , along with links to the courts , to view the judgements . its at You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  32. Aug 29, 2007
  33. jetset

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    It looks as if the US legal situation and Ayre's/Bodog's vulnerability in regard to appearing in the USA may have played a hand to their disadvantage here.

    On August 1st a Washington State judge in Kings County, Seattle issued a court order on the registrar for Bodog.com to have the site removed due to an unanticipated "patent infringement" claim.

    It was part of a judgement in favour of a company called 1st Technology LLC against Bodog Entertainment Group, with the former winning an award of $48 937 456 (how do they work out the nickels and dimes on these massive claims LOL!)

    Bodog may not even have been aware of the action, or decided that it was too risky to enter the States to defend it, or perhaps did not want to give the USA the power of jurisdiction over it. In any event, Bodog did not appear and suffered for it.

    Known Bodog registered domains have been suspended, and as an immediate bandaid solution the company registered New Bodog - the company has trademarked the BOdog brand and has said it is going to fight the action with determination. The implications for brand, business, search engine positioning and other elements are clearly significant.

    According to Internet searches, 1st Technology LLC is "....a leading technology licensing company with a patent portfolio of advanced Internet and multimedia innovations.

    "1st Technology is headed by Internet pioneer Dr. Scott Lewis who led the development of the world's first single integrated circuit chip with on-board video and audio compression, advanced adaptive digital signal processing technology at Oxford University, and introduced multiple broadband Internet and multimedia technologies. 1st Technology has a long list of industry leaders as licensees.

    "The violation relates to the Method for the production and transmission of enhanced multimedia information.

    "An optimization method is disclosed that enhances the interactivity of multimedia information. The optimization method includes separating a multimedia information into primary and secondary layers and enhancing that information in the primary layers such that the perceived psychographic information quality is improved. This method has the advantage of providing compression and/or transmission algorithms to maximize enhancement of the multimedia information."

    Bodog boss Calvin Ayre says: "We are fighting this dispute and are confident that we will win."

    His group continues to offer customers full service despite the domain dispute, with Bodog staff working through the night to get the alternative site up and running.

    "Nearly all aspects of the website have been updated to reflect the environment our clients are accustomed to," says Ayre. "We are working to resolve any of the minor remaining glitches on the alternate site, but other that it is business as usual."

    The CalvinAyre.com blog is dead, but the Bodog Beat remains active, so not all brands have been nailed yet.

    The litigation timing is significant and presumably intended - the first two to three weeks of football are the busiest of the year for online sportsbetting in the North American market.
     
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  34. Aug 29, 2007
  35. james01

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    Bodog Looses Domain Name, Ordered to Pay $49.0 million

    This is just found on GamingIntelligenceGroup.com:

    Bodog Looses Domain Name, Ordered to Pay $49.0 million

    Bodog.com is no more. Following what appeared to be technical difficulties yesterday with the companys domain, customers are now being directed to NewBodog.com.

    According to details emerging this morning, the loss of the companys domain name is not the cause of the problem, but rather a result of more serious litigation brought against the company by 1st Technology LLC.

    1st Technology LLC owns a patent on a process for taking bets online and claims that Bodogs downloadable software infringes the companys patent, which has been granted in the United States as well as elsewhere in the world.

    Bodog failed to answer the allegations made against them in a suit filed in the State of Washington and as a result, a default judgement was issued against them on August 1st 2007 ordering the company to pay damages of $49.0 million.

    As a part of the ruling, the registrar of Bodogs domain names was ordered to remove all name servers associated with Bodog and Calvin Ayre, rendering the domains useless.

    While this will no doubt severely impact Bodog, the implications for the online gaming industry as a whole are huge. If the 1st Technology patent really does protect a fundamental process of online gaming, many, many more operators could find themselves being forced to pay out big.

    Gaming Intelligence Group will bring you further details of this case and the patent in question, as information becomes available.
     
  36. Aug 29, 2007
  37. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    'Meister - this makes (I think) now three threads on the Bodog patent topic running simultaneously - any chance of combining these to avoid confusion and duplication, please?
     
  38. Aug 29, 2007
  39. Casinomeister

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    All three threads have been merged into this one :D
     
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