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Kentucky seizes gambling domain names

Sometimes state agents and federal revenooers bust up stills making illegal moonshine. Sometimes, vice squads raid crack parlors, brothels and other houses of ill repute.

In Kentucky, they’ve gone to court to crack down on illegal online gambling.

Yep, the commonwealth of Kentucky now owns the domain names of numerous illegal gambling sites (141 to be exact), after a judge ordered their seizure yesterday.

By seizing the domain names, Kentucky can require illegal casino operators to block their domains from access by Kentuckians.

Gov. Steve Breshear noted in a press release that the state loses tens of millions of dollars each year to unlicensed Internet gambling operations.

Those operations undermine and threaten horseracing, “Kentucky’s signature industry and a key tourism industry,” he said. That must be the reason that Kentucky, first and so far alone among the 50 states, has gone after Internet gambling this way.

Lots of interesting legal issues to note, though, including state ownership of Web sites, status of domain names as property, jurisdiction, online blocking, among others. A brave new world, indeed.

By Paul Fletcher

2 comments

  1. This is the lowest, our fine KY leadership is releasing criminals early to save money? He is allowing illegals to stay in Ky, while all the while helping them financially, now, he is going after online sites? This is a JOKE, he is a JOKE, but, of course he is. How long has it been since KY had a REAL person in leadership, instead of those who want to keep us in “the good ole stupid boys, back woods hick status”? I am sure that the hungry children in eastern Ky are very very proud of the Gov, as they go to bed every night HUNGRY! This guy has gone totally off his rocker! I do believe that Ky now has a weapon of mass destruction, namely our Governer! SOOOOOOOO very sad that we put him there…..

  2. This is the lowest, our fine KY leadership is releasing criminals early to save money? He is allowing illegals to stay in Ky, while all the while helping them financially, now, he is going after online sites? This is a JOKE, he is a JOKE, but, of course he is. How long has it been since KY had a REAL person in leadership, instead of those who want to keep us in “the good ole stupid boys, back woods hick status”? I am sure that the hungry children in eastern Ky are very very proud of the Gov, as they go to bed every night HUNGRY! This guy has gone totally off his rocker! I do believe that Ky now has a weapon of mass destruction, namely our Governer! SOOOOOOOO very sad that we put him there…..

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