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Go Daddy Sued for $100 Mil for Aiding MJ Casino

8/3/2010 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A $100 million war has erupted over the unauthorized Michael Jackson online casino -- and now GoDaddy.com could be on the hook for allowing the casino owner to register the site with them.

GoDaddy Lawsuit - Michael Jackson Casino

The man behind the lawsuit is Howard Mann -- who claims he owns the copyright to the photos featured on MichaelJacksonCasino.com ... an online gambling site created by a person who's managed to conceal his or her identity.

But in a lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, Mann claims the mystery owner registered the site through GoDaddy.com -- so now, he's also suing both the mystery owner and Go Daddy for playing "host" to the "illegal website."

Mann tells us by suing Go Daddy, he hopes to "flush out the name of the person" who owns MichaelJacksonCasino.com.

In the meantime -- Mann tells us he wants more than $100 million in damages from both Go Daddy and the casino owner.

A rep for Go Daddy tells us, "While we have not seen the lawsuit, if we are named, Go Daddy plans to vigorously defend itself." The rep adds, "When customers are involved in a legal dispute, Go Daddy complies with court orders."


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16.

V    

Interesting article. Aren't there five different entities involved with a website -

the OWNER of the site
the OPERATOR of the site
the HOST of the site
the REGISTRAR of the site
AND 'ICANN'!

http://www.whois.net/whois/michaeljacksoncasino.com

shows godaddy.com is HIDING the owner/opeator doesn't it?

The public backtrace clearly shows godaddy.com it could be argued trying to use their NAME in a admit to ADVERTISE the site's legitimacy.

The part I DON'T GET is why folks have to SUE to get the names of these so-called Mystery owners?

Here is the ICANN site that references illegal use of the domain names et al.

http://www.internic.net/origin.html

If you scroll down the long long list there is godaddy.com big as life as an ACCREDITTED REGISTRAR per ICANN.

SO begs the questions:

Did Mr. Mann try to work through ICANN first to secure the at the very least the names of those responsible?

If yes and ICANN failed to provide real assistance or told them SUE - WHY ON EARTH DID THEY NOT SUE ICANN TOO?

1521 days ago
17.

Donna    

TMZ... Thank you for posting this story, but could you please add a kinder photo of Michael Jackson, out of respect for the man who is no longer here. Why does the media feel the need to post the most unpleasant photo's of a person just to get a negative reaction.

1521 days ago
18.

Ehécatl    

Maybe the mystery person behind the sight is MICHAEL JACKSON HIMSELF. Think about it. Maybe he´s ALIVE and operating the site from Argentina where, along with Elvis and Amelia Earhart ahd Hitler´s brain, he´s communicating with space aliens in a diabolical plot to CONQUER THE WORLD.

Michael Jackson fans, take heed! Fly to Buenos Aires RIGHT NOW to join in the plot. GO NOW!!!!!!

1521 days ago
19.

Grump    

This is insane, Michael worked so hard now to make his name BIG and now everyone is fighting for his name/ image, the only people who should be entitled anything Michael Jackson should be his children.

100 mil? for what damages, just shut the games down and it's over.

1521 days ago
20.

astroman    

BREAKING NEWS -- A criminal complaint to Tempe, AZ police against GoDaddy.com will be filed by tomorrow for embezzlement by theft of call center reps so-called "bonuses". In addition to GoDaddy execs and employees being questioned by AZ police, there is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of GoDaddy employees to recover millions of dollars of lost wages. Read about it here: nodaddy.com/index.php?topic=831.195 This site also has a copy of the class action lawsuit filed with the court.

1521 days ago
21.

bull$hit    

Dismissed in no time!!!!!!

1521 days ago
22.

Kevin    

One of the best defenses for website is the DMCA Section 230 safe harbor. The provider of a service is not liable for the actions of one of its users. His lawsuit against GoDaddy will go no where and dismissed the first chance it gets.

1521 days ago
23.

Sarah    

Seriously? All they have to do is run a whois search for the registering name:

Registrant:
Corp. Hostarica
P O BOX 025331
Miami, Florida 33102
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: MICHAELJACKSONCASINO.COM
Created on: 19-May-05
Expires on: 19-May-11
Last Updated on: 05-May-10

Administrative Contact:
Director, IT itdirector@hostarica.com
Corp. Hostarica
P O BOX 025331
Miami, Florida 33102
United States
(888) 451-0125 Fax --

Technical Contact:
Director, IT itdirector@hostarica.com
Corp. Hostarica
P O BOX 025331
Miami, Florida 33102
United States
(888) 451-0125 Fax --

1521 days ago
24.

bull$hit    

I know who owns this site. He lives in North Scottsdale off the 101 and

1521 days ago
25.

bull$hit    

HAHA....You are a genious

1521 days ago
26.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Geez. TMZ could learn how to use a WhoIs domain name lookup and get the info there. It is all there with the registratants name and country. No 'MYSTERY' person at all.

1521 days ago
27.

Bubbles The Chimp    

#34. Yep. I posted that before and TMZ ignored it to make it seem like it was a mystery. That company is Cosa Rica based.

1521 days ago
28.

Tyra    

Obviously MJ's lawyers don't know how to use the internet. :| a quick search on the domain name has it's host as Hostarica, not GoDaddy.

This will end well.

1521 days ago
29.

Mike    

Easily thrown out.. H.R. 2281

1521 days ago
30.

Marty    

I would not feel sorry for GoDaddy.com at all. A couple of years ago they had some new technology that allowed anyone to make hundreds of phone calls at the same time to different numbers and they would send verbal crap when you pick it up to listen. I complained and all I got was an obnoxous Asian man telling me tha this is the future.

Hopefully, GoDaddy.com's future is going to be nil, nothing, nada!

Go get them Jackson estate!

1521 days ago
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