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Jackpots Heaven Casino threatens webmasters on the basis of the publishing of libelous information


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jackpots Heaven Casino threatens webmasters on the basis of the publishing of libelous information


Jackpots Heaven Casino has recently been issuing threats against some webmasters on the basis of allegations that the casino regards as libelous: that the casino software uses games copied from established software providers Realtime Gaming and Microgaming, and is as such in breach of copyright law.

Founded?


There is an alleged connection between Jackpots Heaven and little-known software provider Salus Technologies, whose games list shows many games which appear to be copies of games originally developed by Microgaming and RTG. As such, Salus Technologies is almost certainly in breach of copyright.


The connection between Salus Technologies and Jackpots Heaven is not currently verified to my complete satisfaction, but the indicators are strong: emails from Jackpots Heaven have apparently originated at servers belonging to Salus Technology, and there is compelling evidence that at least one slot game, "Caesar's Empire", until not long ago listed in the Jackpots Heaven games list page, is the property of Realtime Gaming.


As such, it looks very likely that the webmasters' allegations are founded.


Here is one version of the threatening letter currently in circulation:



Jackpots Heaven Casino OPU threat

Please stop spreading false rumors by opening new threads on forums. This is a friendly warning to advise you to STOP NOW. We know you live in USA and you will be help (sic) responsible for every post you have made with false information which ruine (sic) our business.

I assure you that your fees you charge to damage our casino reputation will be dwarfed by the legal fees to oppose our lawsuits. If you have an in-house attorney, I recommend that you forward this email to that office NOW.

We wish you only the best going forward and regret we must resort to this form of communication.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Andrew Fenech

Public Relations

pr1@jackpotsheaven.com



Software provider Microgaming long ago lost any claim to my sympathy. In recent times, the collapse of two of its largest poker rooms, Tusk Gaming and Eurolinx, resulted in losses to players running to millions of dollars, and Microgaming has refused to acknowledge any responsibility in the matter nor issue any meaningful comment. As to Realtime Gaming, their licensees have been causing problems for players from the moment this provider opened its doors for business.

I will not waste my time worrying about potential breach of their copyright until such a time as both these providers start to take their responsibilities a bit more seriously.


However, other webmasters are welcome to hold their own opinions, and if such opinions result in factually-supported material being published on the web, they do not deserve to find themselves the recipients of such unpleasant and unfounded legal threats.


Rather, Jackpots Heaven should conduct its business in such a way as to not illicit such comment in the first place. I'm sure everyone would be happier.



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