09|23|2008 02:26 am EDT
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has issued a seize order to have 141 domain names taken from their current registrants. The seizure was placed because the “domains were being used in connection with illegal gambling activity.”
There were a number of popular gambling sites listed for seizure including PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com, BodogLife.com, GoldenPalace.com, Bet21.com, DoylesRoom.com and also Rick Schwartz’ IndianCasino.com. The domain names were to be immediately transferred to an account of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, although the websites will continue to run as usual until a court hearing later this month.
It seems highly unlikely this move will withstand legal challenge in court, but if it does it opens the door to all kinds of strange possibilities. If any state can claim any domains that don’t abide by local laws, it seems inevitable that these types of websites will simply be moved to a foreign registrar while remaining as profitable as ever.
Another interesting point is that some of the domains are simply parked websites with no recent history of taking any bets. Head on over to The Domains for more information on the story and a full list of the seized domains.
[via The Domains]