Online Gambling Websites and Kentucky

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The whole fiasco concerning the domain name seizures by the state of Kentucky has re surfaced once again. This fiasco started back in 2008, in August and it has been a wild roller coaster since then, filled with unexpected and surprising twists and turns. It continued its twists and turns when Judge Thomas Wingate, the main protagonist in the middle of it all signed a final order on the forfeit on 132 online gambling websites. The first forfeit order contained 141 website domain names. The 9 domain names aren’t left out or excluded, but they are already engaging with the Dept. of Justice of the United States in other indictments and charges. Hence, they got removed from the final forfeit order by Judge Thomas Wingate. These nine domain names are Bodog life, Doyles Room, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, Ultimate bet, PokerStars, True Poker and Bookmaker.

The forfeit order that was released and signed by Judge Thomas Wingate contained twelve main points. This order began by stating that these all of the internet gambling operators failed to show that they took any steps or installed any software that would block users according to their geographical location. Or more specifically, blocking users who are try to access these illegal and unregulated gambling websites from the state of Kentucky. As for the main problem that rose a lot of counter appeals and appeals over the course of a few years is concerned about the fact that at least one of the true owners of these domain names should present himself in front of the court and identify himself as the true owner of the domain name.

But this point has a lot of controversy unto it, as iMEGA that represents the domain names alleged that they already complied with this point that was stated by Judge Wingate and that the real owner of a domain name has submitted himself. But Judge Wingate has ruled against that, and stated that no one has presented himself with evidence or complied with the forfeit order. And as a result of the Judge’s statement, the court stated that no legal owner can be identified as the lawful owner of such domain names. As for the last 3 points of the forfeit order, it required from the state of Kentucky to send a copy of the order to VeriSign and to each domain name. And resulting from that, VeriSign is required to instantly move the ownership rights of these domain names over to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. And each of these domain names will then be transferred to an IP Address that will be provided by the state of Kentucky.

But as usual, the Judge alongside the state of Kentucky processed too quickly. As the Supreme Court of Kentucky sent the problem back to the trial court in order to confirm whether there was one domain name owner who came to identify himself or no, that was back in March 2010. And the Judge ruled in 2011 that no such thing has occurred. And in response the representatives of the domain name filed an appeal against that ruling in November 2011.




March 29, 2012 by : posted in Featured News, Gambling News No Comments