Internet Gaming wins a battle in Kentucky

by , Jan 20, 2009 | 4:31 pm

A three judge Kentucky Court of Appeals panel ruled today in a 2-1 decision that the state’s attempt to seize 141 internet gambling domain names could not take place. More details can be found at Poker News Daily and the full decision on the Poker Players Alliance website. It’s expected for the state of Kentucky to file an appeal, which would move the matter to the Kentucky Supreme Court, in the very near future. More news as it becomes available.

2 Comments to “Internet Gaming wins a battle in Kentucky”

  1. DanM

    It’s good to see we are starting the year off right. And I don’t just mean we as poker players … I mean we as people, or at least American people.

    I am a little bothered, however, that it wasn’t unanimous. Who in their right mind thinks a state SHOULD be able to seize domains (and therefore businesses) across international borders?

    I do think it is acceptable, for a state to be able to pressure overseas companies to put blocks on computers in their states. That would be a dumb move, imo, but it does seem within their rights to say, hey, you ain’t allowed to peddle your wares here.

    But even that might run into some First Amendment issues around the “right to assemble”.

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Reading the dissenting opinion (page 15 of the opinion) it appears his dissent is limited to considering the domain name a part of a gambling device. When I originally posted this, I thought this would get moved to the entire 14 member Court of Appeals, but it turns out that when the Commonwealth decides to appeal, it gets moved up to the KY Supreme Court.