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Boycott Kentucky?

11/10/2008   Comment on This

Ok, I admit when I first heard this story, I thought to myself - Do I really even need a good reason to boycott Kentucky? I’d do it because it sounds funny.

Well it turns out there is a good reason to Boycott Kentucky.

The recently elected governor of Kentucky came up with a plan to increase revenue through gambling taxes. But first, he needed to get rid of the competition. If this plan sounds like a mob takeover - it kind of is.

How do you “get rid of” all other online gambling all over the world?

You just seize their websites.

He got a judge to go along with his plan and now, 141 website domains like pokerstars.com face being confiscated by the state of Kentucky. Some of these websites do significant business worldwide and Kentucky probably accounts for a negligible portion of their business. Even better – they left a Kentucky based online gambling site off the list because the site pays Kentucky taxes.

You may not care about online gambling but is it reasonable that a state can take your domain away if they pass a law to make your business illegal?

What if the city of Gooberville USA (or the government of China) passes a local law that declares your business illegal and they are allowed to take your domain name? What if they pass a law requiring you to pay a $500,000 permit to do business or they’ll take your domain name? What jurisdiction does Kentucky have for a website used in other states or internationally?

If this ridiculous decision is not overturned, no domain name is safe from government extortion.

The best way to get the governor’s attention is a boycott of all products and services from Kentucky to let his citizens know he’s overstepped the bounds of reasonability. Follow this link to see how you can Boycott Kentucky.

10 Ways to Boycott Kentucky

I don’t like Kentucky Whiskey that much anyway.
 

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