The US Government, along with many individual states and many governments outside of the United States, are doing their best to stop, control, or regulate Internet gambling. The US is taking the ultimatum method and making all online gambling illegal, resorting to the Federal Wire Wager Act (18 U.S.C. § 1084 (1994), which says:
Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a wire communication which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
The Interactive Gaming Council monitors gambling laws and resistance efforts around the world, and they are also beginning to be concerned about the threat to the online gaming industry as laws spread around the globe, though online gambling is legal in Dominion Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Antigua, and other countries. According to US law, it is illegal for US citizens to gamble online with a US based gambling company, and illegal for gambling operators in such countries to accept wagers from people residing within in the United States. However, many reports claim that more than 60% of all online gambling is done by US residents.
Whatever the reality is within the Internet gaming industry, the fact is that the US and individual states are working overtime to shut down online gambling. My question is this: If gambling online is illegal, does the same law cover gambling comment spam?
I’m sick of constantly being comment-spammed by online bingo, casinos, black jack, poker, and other gambling spammers. Fight Casino Spam, a grass roots effort to put an end to casino comment spam, is one of only a few groups I found fighting to put an end to gambling and casino comment spam.
They ask that you send casino spam emails to their specific email address so they can build a profile of “gambling websites which condone spam”, creating a blacklist used to help comment spam fighters. Their Fight Casino Spam blog will bring you up-to-date on issues related to fighting casino comment spam, including how they are doing with their fight and blacklisting project.
Do you know if the legal action to put a stop or regulate online gambling will also put an end to casino and gambling comment spammers? Have you heard of any such action? I’d like to know so we can all support their cause. I know there is a lot of action starting to happen to penalize and imprison many comment spammers, but is anything being done to target casino and gambling comment spam?
If people want to gamble online or otherwise, I think that’s up to them. People will gamble whether or not the gambling casinos clog up bandwidth around the world with their comment spam. So why bother? But I’d love to see an end to the annoyance of gambling comment spam. Wouldn’t you?
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