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In a very interesting case that should have online gaming operators very worried, Kentuck has gotten GoDaddy to turn over 140 some odd gambling domains, including a few of the biggest online cardrooms.

It's a pretty interesting story. I've been saying for years that the way the US government could stop online gaming is through the domain names and working with ICANN. For the story, you can visit

Comments (7)

Here's one comment on the subject I found: I checked's WHOIS and it's still with the registrant...

Comment #1

Power Corrupts.

Absolute Power Corrupts absolutely.

If it was a state that prohibits any form of Gambling then it would be bad enough..

Kentucky, though with it's history of Horse Racing and associated gambling interests, show just how corrupt some governments can become.

It is a total shame, Kentucky is a lovely state with really great people (including some fantastic NPer's), to be governed by lifeforms with the intelligence of ants...

Comment #2

How exactly does Kentucky have jurisdiction on this matter? How can they legally order someone to turn over assets without due process?.

This one has challenge written all over it. It is a slippery slope argument...

Comment #3

Sounds like Kentucky is disingenuous .... needs to go after it's own citizens.

Using the argument that the software is being downloaded in Kentucky thus establishing jurisdiction.

Then by that same argument and in the actual process it shows that the user (Kentuckian) reached outside.

The "States" jurisdiction and knowingly violated their states laws.

It seems to me (layperson) the culpability should lie with Kentuckians that checked the little box that say they read the TOS and agreed to observe local laws. I see it as disingenuous not to prosecute it's citizens as well. Can you say "Votes".

If I sell my moonshine to a Kentuckian, in Las Vegas, and he wrecks his tractor, in Kentucky, am I culpable for his dead farm animals? Or is drunken tractor driving legal in Kentucky? <~~~ is regged lol!.

Also if the emphasis is on the download tie in then what do the domain names have to do with the software? Shouldn't the action be taken to reform or remove the wares?.

Stay tuned .... Next week .... Morality and Content and what Kentucky and race horses have in common .... Blinders.

A laypersons opinion/question ..... Excuse my levity. It's my chosen form of therapy.


Comment #4

I could explain this to my 5 year old and she would understand it. I guess the lawyers in Kentucky are about as smart as farm animals.

Still waiting for some counter-suits and action in federal courts to surface. That's when this will get fun...

Comment #5

Theres nothing wrong with online gaming. I love it..

Comment #6

I just called godaddy and asked about this and the customer support placed me on hold then said she asked everyone around her and none of them have even heard about this case or what is going on?.

Is GoDaddy not even telling there employees about this? If GoDaddy gives up 1 domain to anyone I will move all my domains immediately.

I think this is the most outrageous case in the history of the internet and if Enom should go out of buisness because of what they did. I know I only have 1 domain with them and it's moving.

You think it's worth it to go to the extreme of switching all my Domains from GoDaddy to Moniker?..

Comment #7

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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