Appeals Court Rules In Domain Name Case

by Rick Howlett on January 20, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

An appellate court says Kentucky may not confiscate the domain names of 141 Internet gambling sites.

Governor Steve Beshear says some Internet gambling sites are siphoning millions of badly needed dollars from the commonwealth. He says sites that allow Kentuckians access are operating illegally because they’re not regulated by the state, they pay no taxes in Kentucky and provide no jobs.

So, the administration sued to confiscate the domain names of 141 of the gambling sites.

Last fall, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate gave the lawsuit a green light and prepared to hold a forfeiture hearing.

But after hearing oral arguments in Louisville last month, a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is prohibiting Wingate from enforcing the seizure order. In the 2-1 decision, with Judge Michael Caperton dissenting, the appellate court says domain names are not gambling devices as defined by Kentucky law.

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Charles Queen January 21, 2009 at 2:18 am

Beshears is an out right idiot is what i think.Most of the sites that have been blocked are nothing more than bingo sites that also have some slots and other ganes on them and they are mostly owned and run by overseas enterprises.They are in no way taking away money from this state doing what they do.I was glad to see that the judge ruled agaisnt this farce.What he is wanting to do clearly violates our constitutional rights plain and simple

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