Online Casinos Got a Break
Courts all over the globe have been pretty against the internet gambling
industry lately but the online casinos caught a break this week with the
announcement that the Kentucky court ruling to seize domains names has been put
on hold. Kentucky Judge Thomas Wingate did not win a lot of friends in the
international online casino gambling industry earlier this month when he
announced that although he would not authorize the immediate seizure of gambling
related domain names, that all of the sites still operating in the market after
a certain date would be subject to seizure. iMEGA contested that ruling and the
appeals courts have granted the Association a stay in the case pending further
review of Judge Wingate’s decision.
iMEGA is an association representing the interests of the online casino gambling
industry – the company has been heavily involved in the Kentucky case over the
past two months but was unable to sway Judge Wingate into disregarding the
Kentucky State Governor’s request to seize the internationally licensed and
operated internet gambling companies. The appeals court agreed to postpone the
forfeiture hearing until after the court hears iMEGA’s petition.
iMEGA is petitioning the courts, on December 12, 2008, to overturn the previous
ruling and no longer allow the Kentucky government to seize the domain names of
online casinos, even if they do allow Kentucky residents to gamble through their
sites. The basis of the petition relies on the fact that seizure of
international domain names goes beyond the rights of the Kentucky State
government to exert authority on the global online gambling market.