Kentucky's Attempt To Seize Gambling Domain Names Goes To State Supreme Court
from the waste-of-kentucky-taxpayer-dollars dept
A year ago, we were surprised to hear that Kentucky’s governor was trying to seize the domain names of a long list of over 100 sites that had something to do with gambling. The governor was basing this on a Kentucky law that let the government seize “devices” used for gambling, even though none of the sites in question were based in Kentucky. The governor — who many say did this to protect local Kentucky gambling operations — compared these website to “a virtual home invasion.” While a judge originally was going to allow the seizure, the state appeals court overturned the ruling, saying that it was clear that a domain name is not a gambling device.
Rather than back down, the governor pushed ahead and is using taxpayer money to appeal the ruling. Ragaboo alerts us to the news that the Kentucky Supreme Court is getting set to hear the case. It’s difficult to see how the governor has much of a leg to stand on here. He’s trying to seize the domain names of businesses operated entirely outside the state. Allowing such a seizure of domain names would set a horrendous precedent and create all sorts of problems. Hopefully the Kentucky Supreme Court sees this, and Governor Steven Beshear realizes it’s best to give up this dangerous crusade.