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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    Jack Sombra, 24 Sep 2008 @ 8:40am

    Would say the timing of this is linked to the recent indications that US is about to legalise the whole online gambling thing again.

    Those sites will dramatically increase in value if they do. State will hold on to them for a while, then when gambling is legal again, auction them off (in a auction that no one but the governors cronies will know about of course), and the winners of these auctions will flip them to gambling companies that donate heavily the governor and party at a greater profit (thou still below market value). Thus neatly side stepping any "bribery", lobbyist or campaign funding debates

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