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US Shuts Down Canadian Gambling Site With Verisign's Help 354

First time accepted submitter ausrob writes "Domain seizures are nothing new, but this particular case is interesting. The Department of Homeland Security has seized a domain name registered outside of the U.S., by individuals who are not American citizens, and who registered with a Canadian registrar. From the article: 'The ramifications of this are no less than chilling and every single organization branded or operating under .com, .net, .org, .biz etc needs to ask themselves about their vulnerability to the whims of U.S. federal and state lawmakers (not exactly known their cluefulness nor even-handedness, especially with regard to matters of the internet).'"
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US Shuts Down Canadian Gambling Site With Verisign's Help

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  • by QuasiSteve ( 2042606 ) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @09:21AM (#39207275)

    This isn't new... even Slashdot has covered stories like these before.
    http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/04/1439246/us-uk-targeting-piracy-websites-outside-their-borders [slashdot.org]

    The summary can say not-American for a billion things, at the end of the day the domain TLD was com, over which the U.S. firmly asserts jurisdiction as the companies that run them are all U.S.-based.

    Besides fighting 'The (U.S.) Man', people would do well to realize this and register somewhere a bit more friendly (in addition to any .com, .net, .org, etc.). In the case of this Canadian business, perhaps .ca? Oh wait, they did. And that ( bodog.com ) in turn redirects to a .co.uk .

  • by RyuuzakiTetsuya ( 195424 ) <taiki.cox@net> on Thursday March 01, 2012 @10:50AM (#39208313)

    Err, no. Vib.ly was shut down by the Libyan Government for violating it's local laws.

    Bodog was advertising itself in the US, in fact, it was hard to drive down I-15 in Vegas with out seeing a dozen tasteless bodog billboards. They were doing this intentionally to skirt federal online gambling laws.

    To those who don't see a problem with unregulated gaming, read up on the history of organized crime and gambling. The Nevada Gaming Commission exists for a goddamned reason.

  • by Ihmhi ( 1206036 ) <i_have_mental_health_issues@yahoo.com> on Thursday March 01, 2012 @11:01AM (#39208469)

    Jeez, don't just post a link - quote the article.

    On March 11, 2005, Al-Quds Al-Arabi published extracts from Saif al-Adel's document "Al Quaeda's Strategy to the Year 2020".[53][54] Abdel Bari Atwan summarizes this strategy as comprising five stages to rid the Ummah from all forms of oppression:

    1) Derka derka US.

    2) Derka derka civil liberties.

    3) Derka derka collapse of US economy.

    4) Derka destroy themselves they will, derka derr.

    5) Derka derka MUHAMMAD JIHAAAAD!

  • by Aaron B Lingwood ( 1288412 ) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @11:25AM (#39208763)

    If you're a Canadian company with Canadian customers, use .ca, eh? .com makes it seem like you're targeting your southern neighbors.

    .com is the de facto standard top domain for pretty much any website in the world

    The Facts

    Country-Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD) are two-letter domains established for countries
    Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) are three-letter (or more) domains that operate directly under policies established by ICANN processes for the global Internet community
    Sponsored Top-Level Domains (sTLD) are proposed and sponsored by private agencies or organizations

    U.S Jurisdiction

    The U.S government has jurisdictional control over the ccTLD of its country and territories [ .us .gu .vi ]
    Being the sponsor of the following sTLD's, the U.S Government also has jurisdictional control over [ .mil .edu .gov ]
    Generic Top-Level Domains like [ .com .net ] by spirit belong to the global community and are under the control of ICAAN, however, ICAAN incorporated in the U.S and falls under U.S Jurisdiction. The highly controversial [ .xxx ] sTLD is also sponsored by a U.S company and falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S government.
    There are many other TLD's I have not listed here that are also under U.S government jurisdiction either directly or indirectly (i.e. through organizations incorporated within U.S borders)


    .com belongs to the global internet community but U.S legislation may be forced upon adopters at the U.S governments whim.

    sources: as listed by parent
    I'm too cool for a sig

  • Re:United Nations (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheNinjaroach ( 878876 ) on Thursday March 01, 2012 @11:53AM (#39209225)

    making it illegal to use the Internet to communicate with people in countries whose governments object to such communication (that last one is one of ITU's rules about amateur radio).

    Holy crap, my friend who's into HAM radio big time was talking to me about this just yesterday. It blows my mind that it's against US law to use amateur radio to talk to someone in another country if that country doesn't want me talking to him. How bizarre, I thought. And here you're telling me it's related to the buffoons at ITU? Slashdot just gave me a rather valuable lesson (also yesterday) on them in the UN story.

    We need to deploy more P2P systems, more cryptography, more wireless links and mesh networks, and so forth.

    Here you've touched on the exact reason why I was talking to my HAM friend yesterday to begin with. He burst that bubble real quick: in the US, it's also illegal to use encryption over amateur radio.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.