..

Online Porn Next on Kentucky List of Seized Domain Targets?

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Oct/21/2008
online porn

Now that Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has been successful at seizing some 141 online gambling domain names (at least for the time being), some in the Internet community suspect it won't be long until Beshear and his cronies start going after online porn. After all, attorney Jimmie Johnson, arguing before a circuit court in Kentucky two weeks ago did make mention that there were laws related to fornication within the commonwealth's statutes. Considering Judge Thomas Wingate cited an outdated statute in determining the 141 domains can be seized, one can only imagine what basis Kentucky would have to go after porn websites.

Adultery and fornication are still criminal offences in the commonwealth.

Just last month, Gambling911.com would have been laughed off the Net for implying such a thing. But since that time, Wingate has ruled that a forfeiture hearing will take place on November 17 whereby most of these 141 domain names will indeed be lost. Granted, both a federal and state appeal are widely anticipated within the next few days.

And we're not the one's who have brought up the porn speculation.

Seems like the Internet porn industry would be the next logical target," writes Radley Balko of Reason.com.

Slashdot.com is all over this story as well. One reader of that website asks:

"So if the state doesn't approve of a radio station can they shut down the transmitter in another state or demand that the station modify all radios to not receive their signal? This falls under violating interstate commerce and KentUHky will likely find itself being forced to reverse by the feds?"

And another wrote:

"The issue is not whether it's a "wholesale grab" or not. The issue is that if Kentucky has authority to seize a domain name used for gambling, any state has authority to seize a domain name used for anything in state law, and the net is quickly reduced to the lowest common denominator."

----

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Gambling News

Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Sports Wagering Once Again

Connecticut Lawmakers Considering Sports Wagering Once Again

Lawmakers were urged Tuesday to finally legalize sports betting and internet gambling after years of debate. 

IGT and FanDuel Group Bring Omnichannel Sports Betting to Michigan

IGT and FanDuel Group Bring Omnichannel Sports Betting to Michigan

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its PlaySports platform is powering the recently launched FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app in Michigan, the latest U.S. state to introduce regulated online sports betting and iGaming. I

Different Types of Gambling, Media Converging for Growth

Different Types of Gambling, Media Converging for Growth

The many different types of gambling are quickly coming together with each other and with media outlets — and Wall Street is taking notice.

Does iGaming in the US Market Have a Serious Impact?

Does iGaming in the US Market Have a Serious Impact?

With the state of Michigan allowing for legalized online casino games in addition to sports betting, Innovation and Strategy Consultant for the gaming industry, David Sargeant, posed the question:  Does igaming make a difference?

Gambling Regulations and its Benefits

Gambling Regulations and its Benefits

Every industry or sector usually have regulatory bodies overseeing conducts and practices. Just like all other sectors with their regulatory bodies, the gambling and casino industry is not left out. 

Syndicate