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Website Owner Fighting MGM Lawsuit Over Domain Name

A Texas-based website owner is fighting a MGM lawsuit that claims his excaliburpoker.com website infringes on copyrights and trademarks owned by MGM.

MGM Resorts filed the lawsuit in early December against four individuals and two companies it says have been infringing on its trademarks, asking the court to turn the names over to MGM Resorts.

The contested domains all used the word “poker” and the names of MGM Resorts' US casinos such as Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and MGM.

The timing of the lawsuit has led some to posit that MGM may soon enter the realm of online poker itself, likely by partnering with an existing operator that has already developed software and operates online poker cash games and tournaments.

At least one person named in the suit isn't quietly folding, with defendant Adam Majewski of McKinney, Texas, filing a motion for dismissal.

He claims his excaliburpoker.com domain could refer to many things and that it's not a distinctive mark: "It was the sword of kings in the Arthur legends. Thousands of businesses use this name – Excalibur Bowling, Excalibur Taxi and even Excalibur Condoms."

Other domain names that MGM is seeking to gain control of include ariapoker.com, bellagioonlinepoker.com, circuscircuspoker.com, luxorpoker.com, mandalaybayonlinepoker.com and mgmpoker.com.

11-Dec-2011, 05:35

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