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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    Jeff, 25 Sep 2008 @ 1:44pm

    This is what KY does.

    I live in IN and work in KY. *sigh*...this is how KY operates. Good 'Ol Boy's network. You should've seen it a couple of years ago when they BAN smoking in public places. Get this, they banned smoking in PUBLIC places EVERYWHERE!, with the exception of Churchill Downs! I am serious. They blow so much horse c@ck it's scary here. But then it was of course appealed and because they knew they would lose, they didn't really defend it much. Instead they re did it this time INCLUDING Churchill downs to be non-smoking and now it's a non smoking state. The kicker is that as you might imagine, they ticket/fine people like crazy for smoking in public places with of course the exception of CHURCHILL DOWNS. They never really enforce it there. Hello Internetians, welcome to good 'ol KY. I'd burn this place to the ground if I could. *sigh*

    /end rant

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