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Thu October 22, 2009
By Tony McVeigh/ Paco Long-Mendez
Frankfort, KY – The legal battle over Kentucky's attempt to seize the domain names of some Internet gambling sites has reached the state supreme court. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.
An appellate court says domain names are not gambling devices as defined by Kentucky law and therefore not subject to forfeiture. But attorney Eric Lycan, arguing for the state, disagrees. "It is property. A domain name is property that can be seized and can be executed upon."
But attorney Bill Johnson, representing domain name owners, says the case never should have gotten this far in the first place. "In that the judge - the trial judge - should have said, I don't have jurisdiction."
At issue are the domain names of 141 Internet gambling sites. The state's trying to seize them because it claims they're illegally siphoning millions of much-needed dollars away from the commonwealth. A ruling from the high court is not expected for several weeks.