Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Gambling is regulated, by and large, on a state by state basis. A state judge in the bluegrass state has taken the unprecedented action of seizing over 100 gambling site url's. The basis for the Court's authority appears to be an utter mystery. As a practical matter, it won't make much sense for those who have lost their domains to fight it. Very, very simple to register a similar domain in another country and host the site on servers in a foreign jurisdiction beyond the reach of American courts. My bet is that these sites are back up and running in a matter of hours. Interesting that most opposition to gaming sites comes directly from state governments that sponsor or endorse various forms of gaming. I guess the moral objections to gaming go out the window as long as the state can get its hands on the money.