Court Of Appeals Overturns Kentucky Gambling Domain Seizure
from the good-ruling dept
Back in September, the state of Kentucky tried to seize over 100 domain names, claiming they violated a local state law against “gambling devices.” None of the domains were run or hosted in the state of Kentucky, which made this quite a stretch in legal terms. While many of the domain names were for gambling websites, some were merely parked domains. The politicians who ordered the seizure were quite open that this was an attempt to “protect” local gambling interests — but it seems like an incredible legal reach to claim that because of local protectionist laws, the state somehow has the right to seize domain names from around the world. The domain owners complained, but a local Kentucky state court ruled in favor of the government. However, an appeals court quickly told the state to hold off seizing the domains until it could review the case.
That court has now overturned the lower court ruling saying that a domain name is clearly not a gambling device, and is not covered by the law. However, this does potentially leave the door open for Kentucky politicians to change the law to include domain names… at which point we’ll need to go through this whole silly legal battle all over again.