September 30, 2009 -
Is that a vein I see? Bulging from the
forehead of the Interactive Media Entertainment...something
or another...blah, blah, blah, blah, blah? Why yes, I think
it is. Look out below, it's going to blow!
Okay, so let me first say that I appreciate what the
Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA)
is trying to do to help get online gambling regulated in
the United States. Or perhaps I should say that I
appreciate what iMEGA is doing to ensure internet
rights, not to mention the growth and innovation of the
internet itself. In case you didn't know, iMEGA is
working on many other internet issues besides online
Now, whether or not I think what iMEGA is doing to
liberate online gambling is effective or not is another
matter. You see, iMEGA recently lost a US court appeal
challenging the constitutionality of the 2006 Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), aka the US
online gambling ban (hence the bulging vein I previously
pointed out). Principally speaking, it was a good thing
that iMEGA stood up to challenge the UIGEA. I mean, as
Congressman Barney Frank so eloquently stated, "it is
the stupidest law ever passed". And not only that. It is
a highly flawed, biased and carved out law helping serve
special interest groups. As iMEGA said in its court
challenge, the UIGEA is vague, violates individual
privacy rights and is contrary to U.S. treaty
But here's the rub. Even though most of us will agree
this is a stupid law, to get a court to overturn it so
close to its passing, not to mention the fact that most
people know little about the efficacy and potential of
online gambling regulation, is kind of lame if you ask
me. In other words, I'm not so sure I agree with how
iMEGA is using it's resources. Instead of challenging
these rulings in the courtroom, they should be working
on shifting public policy.
First off, let me disclaim that last statement.
Really think I'm smart enough to come up with that?
Those are actually the views (paraphrased) of attorney
Gary Kaufman, who also went on to say that now is a
great time to lobby Congress for repealing the UIGEA and
replacing it with sound regulatory legislation, like
that which Barney Frank has drawn up. Kaufman also
thinks that a good argument for future debate should be
focused on privacy and commerce on the internet.
So, instead of trying to rip apart the UIGEA, let's
start talking about protecting people's rights and
providing a regulated landscape in helping do so. I hope
iMEGA is being sensitive to this shift and will be
willing to change its own game plan of aggressive
lawsuit dropping, to lobbying efforts and education.
WOW! Now, that did come from me. Maybe good'ol Sweetie
has a brain after all!
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