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  • Yes, all of my domains are registered with US-based registrars.

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  • Yes, some of my domains are registered with US-based registrars.

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    Question Do you use a domain registrar domiciled in the United States?

    The legal action under which Kentucky is currently a hot topic at the EiG and GPWA conferences going on in Barcelona right now. You can see the thread where The Buzz first announced this development on the GPWA website at www.gpwa.org/forum/kentucky-seizes-domain-names-internet-gambling-sites-177191.html.

    One factor that I have heard mentioned is that the sites that have been transfered thusfar were registered with registrars located in the United States. It is certainly believable that such registrars might act more promptly on an order issued by a U.S. court.

    It is far too early to know how this will all play out, but I thought it would be interesting and relevant to know whether the registrars GPWA members use are legally domiciled within the United States or not.

    And it would be helpful if members posted the names and legal domiciles of their registrars so not everyone has to look up their registrar in order to respond to this poll.

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    All my domain names are registered with Godaddy. And I'm thinking of moving them.

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    I'm using joker.com for years now, not a single problem so far, they are based in Germany I think.

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    I'm with GoDaddy in the US. For the time being, I'll stick with them. I really think this Kentucky BS will get squashed before they have time to go after us affiliates. I can't believe the State Supreme Court will uphold this Mickey Mouse ruling!
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    I'm with Moniker. (FLorida)
    4 years now and happy.
    Hope this company has the financial back and legal staff to reject the KY ruling.
    Anyway, I'm already searching for a registrar in UK.

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    GoDaddy.com here... Other than their annoying cross selling when you just want to buy the domain, I haven't had a problem.

    No plans to change right now, but that can change.
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    Godaddy here too. I don't plan on changing now, but it's not going to take too much more for me to do it.

    If I lose my domains, I lose almost everything.

    If I do move my domains it will be to various registrars in many different countries with different political climates.. just to spread the risk.

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    Default Question,

    can you move them out of the states even if you live in the states?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy M View Post
    can you move them out of the states even if you live in the states?
    Certainly. Generally registrars will register domains on behalf of anyone independently of their location.

    In the case of Casino City, we have all of our domains registered through Moniker, and they are based in the United States. Right now I don't have any plans to change that, although I do plan to monitor what happens, and would change those plans if I felt using a U.S. company had become too risky. In my opinion we are not there yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    Certainly. Generally registrars will register domains on behalf of anyone independently of their location.

    In the case of Casino City, we have all of our domains registered through Moniker, and they are based in the United States. Right now I don't have any plans to change that, although I do plan to monitor what happens, and would change those plans if I felt using a U.S. company had become too risky. In my opinion we are not there yet.

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    What ever happened to your criminal/civil case regarding Casino City? Never did read on what happened but I must assume everything went fine.

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    All my domains are registered with Godaddy. Thinking about moving to some other place, after the Kentucky incident.

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    Most of mine are outwith the US but I do have one or two with GoDaddy.

    At the moment, I'm leaving things as they are. I don't believe even the strange workings of the US legal system will allow this to go through. Then again, nothing surprises me any more when dealing with US laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    The legal action under which Kentucky is currently a hot topic at the EiG and GPWA conferences going on in Barcelona right now. You can see the thread where The Buzz first announced this development on the GPWA website at www.gpwa.org/forum/kentucky-seizes-domain-names-internet-gambling-sites-177191.html.

    One factor that I have heard mentioned is that the sites that have been transfered thusfar were registered with registrars located in the United States. It is certainly believable that such registrars might act more promptly on an order issued by a U.S. court.

    It is far too early to know how this will all play out, but I thought it would be interesting and relevant to know whether the registrars GPWA members use are legally domiciled within the United States or not.

    And it would be helpful if members posted the names and legal domiciles of their registrars so not everyone has to look up their registrar in order to respond to this poll.

    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doolally View Post

    At the moment, I'm leaving things as they are. I don't believe even the strange workings of the US legal system will allow this to go through. Then again, nothing surprises me any more when dealing with US laws.
    That's bout the way I see it as well .

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    Default Moniker.com

    Thankfully Oversee.net who owns Moniker is 100% debt free. We are lucky we do not have to worry about any financial issues here.

    We stand out in our industry because:

    Our security is the highest in the industry. We have never lost a domain name.

    During normal business hours, you can easily speak to a real person and your e-mails are returned in a timely manner.

    We provide rapid check out pages so you registrar a domain or a batch of domains, easily and quickly with over 150 top TLDs and IDNs available.

    We do not turn domains off if a complaint is received; like some of our competitors who use this tactic as a profit center.

    Our superior domain on-line tools let you change up to 5,000 domains at one time, such as DNS, contact information, privacy and so on.

    We offer "domain testing" where, for a small 25 cent restocking fee, you can get your money back on returned or unwanted standard domains within four days of the initial purchase.

    We provide domain appraisals which are recognized by the IRS and used for basing loans by financial institutions. Loans up to 60% of the appraised value of a domain are available using the domain(s) as collateral.

    Our domain escrow service takes responsibility for the domain, which is held in escrow, as well as the funds for a truly safe transaction for a very little fee.

    We will, on your behalf, represent you in the sale or purchase of a domain - Moniker is the undisputed leader of high end domain sales

    Basically, we treat our clients individually, and with respect. We look out for your best interest, as it should be.

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    First thing is to see what happens with this ruling if it stands. If so it will cause more problems and a big uproar. If I was an affiliate I would have my domain out or reach as well and with a domain host that wouldn't comply with such a ruling. The gaming companies will get a black eye but can weather the storm since I don't know about the rest, but most of my business involves affiliates with some search engine traffic. Most affiliates rely heavily on the search engines and if their domain has to go from .com to .net or .something else than all that work into getting high page ranks will be ruined in on swift, thefty move. Thefty is not a word and I made it up but you know what I mean. If godaddy complies I would expect them to take a big reputation hit and lose a lot of business.

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    If it does stand, and I remain sceptical as to whether it will, the problem is more likely to be with ICANN complying, and correct me if I'm wrong, but they control .com webservers so it's possible where you host your domain won't matter a jot.

    Still don't think it will stick though. And if it were, it's just an legalised extortion excercise to rob people.

    Isn't the appeal hearing today by the way?

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    Obviously Moniker here. We can offer you so many options from not only selling your domains but acquiring the ones you need or want. We have the best security measures placed on your domains as well so you never have to worry about losing a name. The rates are going up and it looks like Moniker is competitive with GoDaddy again, and for all the services we provide its a no brainer!

    Weve got two shows coming up at the beginning of the year. DOMAINfest Global in Hollywood CA, all premium names, and INTERNEXT at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas at the end of January as well all Premium Adult Names.

    Let me know if Moniker can help you!

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    Isn't Moniker one of the companies that said no problems we'll hand over the domains without any resistance for the KY domain issue?

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    Actually we were the only registrar that lock down the domains and didn't release them.

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