Kentucky Governor Seizes Online Gambling Domain Names

from the can't-have-competition-for-horse-racing dept

It's always fascinating to watch US politicians act as complete hypocrites when it comes to gambling. They talk about moral issues on why they need to stop online gambling, but allow their own personal favorite types of gambling, such as horse races and lottery. Kentucky, of course, is a big horse racing state, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that the state has strict anti-online-gambling laws. These laws are so strict that the state's governor is using them to seize 141 domain names of sites that the state claims are used for illegal gambling. Of course, it appears that many of the domains aren't online gambling sites at all, but parked domains. The state doesn't seem shy about the fact that it's doing this to "protect" the horse racing business, but of course, throws in the moral argument as well:
"Illegal Internet gambling poses a unique threat to our Commonwealth. For individuals - particularly our youth - it is tantamount to a virtual home invasion. For some of our vital and most venerable legitimate enterprises, it undermines their exemplary regulatory compliance and siphons away their constituents."
Home invasion? Really? A parked domain is the equivalent of a home invasion?

Filed Under: domain names, gambling, governor, kentucky, online gambling


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    Duane, 24 Sep 2008 @ 9:12am

    It's never a good idea to call out a whole state

    based on one guy's comments. I'm actually a fan of this site in general, but in this instance, an important part of the message was skipped over (I'll attribute it to lack of quality control as opposed to sensationalistic spin)

    The quote actually says "asking the court to force the sites to block access to Kentucky users or give up control of their domain names." block access or give up control. Big difference there.

    It's still a stupid, hypocritical idea from my governor, but then I have no illusions about what my state will do to protect horse-racing. Which, btw, is a lot more fun than online gambling. I highly recommend it having done both on a fairly regular basis.

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