EFF, ACLU Ask Court To Strike Down Kentucky's Domain Name Seizure

from the good-for-them dept

You may recall that a judge recently allowed Kentucky's governor to seize a bunch of domain names that were related to gambling -- even if neither the owners nor the servers were based in Kentucky -- setting a terrible precedent. That's why it's good to see the EFF, the ACLU and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) team up yet again to ask an appeals court to overturn this decision. Hopefully the appeals court recognizes how truly awful the original decision was, and notes how it seems to violate multiple clauses of the Constitution.
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Filed Under: domain names, gambling, governor, kentucky, online gambling
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    JMG, 14 Nov 2008 @ 12:09pm

    My Old Kentucky Home

    People are finally starting to learn just how much power the 4 million of us living in The Bluegrass State possess. Of course, most people living in the two population centers (Louisville and Northern Kentucky), like myself, don't really associate ourselves with the rest of the state.

    Gambling was a hot issue the last gubernatroial election. Beshear included allowing the people of the Commonwealth to vote on expanded gambling as part of his platform. Of course, we haven't had that vote yet because our representation in Frankfort is always thinking of the children.

    Kentucky is strapped for cash and Governor Beshear will be pushing for the gambling as a way to increase revenue in Kentucky. He is just trying to protect his interests with the horse racing industry. If/when Kentucky get expanded gambling, it will be limited to being at the horse tracks themselves, or having the casinos run by the horse racing industry. Odin forbid Churchill Downs will have to compete with companies from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or other companies that actually have experience running a casino. Churchill Downs couldn't even get their website prepared for the influx of traffic for Derby betting this year.

    Kentucky has a bipolar disorder when it comes to gambling. On- and off-track horse race betting -- good. Any other form of legalized gambling leads to organized crime, prostitution, broken homes and families, and other evils that harm the children.

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