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True Poker Owner Comes Forward in Kentucky Domain Name Case

26 March 2010 by Devon Chappell

Honestly, I am totally sick of talking about Kentucky and the online gambling drama that has been taking place here for the past year-and-a-half. But you know what? I am going to keep talking about it, because when you look at the big picture, it’s all about principle is it not? The domain name seizure instigated by Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, is more than about online gambling legality and protectionism. It is about internet rights and your rights as a U.S. citizen.

It makes sense then that the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA), whose mission is to foster and promote innovation, openness and freedom on the internet,  is taking the lead and representing the multitude of online casino, poker and sports betting operators affected by the domain seizure – 141 domains to be exact. Some of you may recall that iMEGA was seeking to file a motion with the lower Court of Appeals to overturn the domain name seizure, which included several well known online casinos, poker rooms and sports betting sites.

The only catch is that Kentucky’s Supreme Court thinks an industry group like iMEGA doesn’t have legal standing to represent anonymous parties. In other words, as Online Casino Suite reported just last week, the Kentucky high court says the domain name owners must come forward in order for the appeal to go forward. And now, that’s precisely what one site owner is doing.

Yatahay Ltd., which owns the domain name, is having iMEGA file a new motion on its behalf. Serving as the guinea pig, so to speak, Yatahay’s fate in the case (which will likely be no worse than having the appeal denied) could stand as the precedent for all other domain name owners to come forward and challenge Governor Beshear’s outlandish and unprecedented actions against internet freedom.

As you can imagine, there is still plenty more to unfold in this case. And yes, OCS will be reporting on it. As much as I will do my best to keep from bashing Governor Beshear with some straight up basketball trash talk and gagging when I hear the name of Kentucky, I can make no promises.

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One Response to “True Poker Owner Comes Forward in Kentucky Domain Name Case”

  1. Derek Koch says:

    Good job on this blog! Are you playing in the WSOP this year?