Earlier this year, the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned a seizure and forfeiture order for 141 domains used to promote, conduct or advance illegal gambling. The list of 141 domains contained popular gambling sites including: fulltiltpoker.com, indiancasino.com, bet21.com, allslots.com, bodoglife.com, bookmaker.com, sportsbook.com, sportsbetting.com, superslots.com, pokerstars.com, doylesroom.com and goldenpalace.com.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals concluded that Internet domain names were not gambling devices, and as such were not subject to forfeiture. The appellate panel also stated that only the General Assembly should be allowed to determine whether domain names are defined as gambling devices not the courts or the state Justice Cabinet.
However, the state of Kentucky and its governor, Steve Beshear, have appealed the court’s ruling and that appeal, Commonwealth of Kentucky v. IMEGA is set for October 22nd.
iMEGA is joined in its suit by the Interactive Gaming Council, the Poker Players Alliance, the ACLU, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Commerce Association, eBay and Network Solutions.