Kentucky’s Secretly Obtained Gambling Domain Seizure Order Continues

September 26, 2008 · Print This Article

Kentucky Internet Gambling Domains, 22% Already Lost or Changed Name

Thursday’s planned forfeiture hearing before the Franklin Circuit Court has been postponed until 3.30 pm today, Friday 26th September. No reason was given for the delay. The hearing is set to decide whether Kentucky can seize 141 online gambling related domain names, however as of this morning, 22% or 31 of the 141 domains have either undergone a name change or have been seized.

These figures confirm that not only is the seizure of the domain names possible, but also increasingly probable, meaning that some of the larger names stand to lose the millions of dollars which they have invested in brand building.

 The relative speed and ease with which Kentucky has pursued this matter will also serve to deter US facing operators from investing further in any current or future brands which could meet the same fate.

In Europe the news has been quietly welcomed by some of the larger operators who have complained of an un-level playing field. Most European licensed operators, particularly the public listed ones, were forced to exit the US market following passage of the UIGEA in order to protect shareholders interests.

For more background information on the issues at hand, you can view the Court Order of Domain Seizure by Commonwealth of Kentucky or read the press release (new window) and listen to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s statement. For the latest news and developments check in here, here, or here, as well as the ICA’s take on the developments here. If you also think that this is out of order, you can help stop the move to censorship in Kentucky here.



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