Bodog Down but Not Out

by Rob Lewis

David Baines of The Vancouver Sun reported yesterday that online gambling website was out of service Monday and remained inoperative Tuesday, apparently due to a $48 million default judgment obtained by a Las Vegas company against Bodog in a patent infringement case.

Bodog is closely related to Vancouver-based Media which serves as Bodog's marketing, advertising, and design agency. Bodog's short term solution to the problem was moving their entire gambling website to a new domain name - - which allows Bodog clients to resume their online gambling activities. 1st Technology LLC was awarded a patent for taking bets online and filed a lawsuit against Costa Rica based Bodog.

Apparently, Bodog didn’t feel the need to respond because they are not a US company, so a judge awarded a default judgment. That judgement was enough to seize control of Bodog's domain names from their domain registrar eNom. A lesson to businesses with potentially sensitive operations - registrar your domain names outside of the US. It is crazy to think that a billion dollar business can go completely offline due to the deactivation of a $10 domain name.

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Rob Lewis

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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