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27 Sep 2008

Kentucky governor: All your gambling sites are belong to us ICANN

According to news reports, the governor of Kentucky has filed a suit in state court to seize 141 gambling domain names. His claimed authority is a 1974 law against "gambling devices", on the theory that a domain is a "device", and online gambling is taking money away from in-state horse racing and the lottery. The judge sensibly has said that he doesn't understand all the issues, and has given all sides a week to submit briefs. Two domains, and have been reassigned to the state, probably by a registrar who didn't understand the issues either.

I have to say that this is a phenomenally bogus case.

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