Bodog.com, the original domain of one of the most popular online gaming company, Bodog, has been seized by the Department of Homeland Security.
Why this domain was seized is a bit strange as it has not been an active commerce domain for some time now. Other Bodog Brand properties will not be affected by this seizure. It is only speculation at this point as to why Homeland Security would seize an unused domain name.
Calvin Ayre has this to say about the seizure;
“Not sure what to say. BodogBrand.com is a brand-licensing organization based outside the US. The brand left the market last year and the domain in question has been dormant globally for longer than that. We are only currently doing brand licensing deals outside the US so this domain had no place in any of our current plans.”
This action only emphasizes how owning a .com or .net domain name can be a dangerous pursuit in any industry. The current U.S. thinking leaves international companies with little to no due process to protect their domains.
This is the second time Bodog has had its .com stolen. Patent troll, Scott Lewis temporarily gained control of the domain back in 2007. That move destroyed any marketing value the name had at the time and forced Bodog into taking to change course in the way they marketed.
The has been no other word if more action is on the way for gambling .com domains but as we have said before here, the U.S. Government is using everything in its power to clear the way for the large Nevada casino’s to have an open range when online poker is finally regulated.
“The cooperation between our department and [ICE HIS] investigation goes far beyond normal law enforcement task forces,” County Police Chief James Teare Sr. of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said. Ice being the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and HIS being the Homeland Security Investigations division. How far beyond “normal law enforcement task forces”? $470,407.62 worth.
In mid-November, we had a story about a rumored Federal warrant against eWalletXpress and possible seizure of money. Though at the time there were various reports of what was really happening and eWallentXpress, when contacted, just said they were having “technical difficulties” and everything would be up and running again soon.
Apparently now it is not a rumor anymore as an email has been sent to customers that say:
Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:40 AM BST137
LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – British payment processor NETeller (NLR.L: Quote, Profile , Research) said on Wednesday it expected to announce a plan to distribute funds seized by U.S. prosecutors to its U.S. customers within the next 75 days.
NETeller quit the United States in January, abandoning 65 percent of its business, after authorities there arrested its two founders in a crackdown on online gaming.
A month later, NETeller said U.S.