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Erstwhile teenage dotcom millionaire and porn prodigy Ben Cohen is in dispute with Apple over his ownership of itunes.co.uk. He is taking them to the High Court to try and overturn a ruling from Nominet - the UK's domain name registry - that he should give up the website.

Cohen, the 22-year old founder of SoJewish.com, registered the address in November 2000 after he was unable to register tunes.co.uk. Apple did not launch its iTunes service in the US until April 2003. Apple's lawyers got in touch and offered him $5,000 but Cohen was holding out for £50,000. He uses the site to redirect traffic to one of his properties - quickquid.com.

Apple's lawyers stopped talking when Cohen made clear how much cash he wanted, according to the Guardian newspaper. Cohen is asking the High Court for a judicial review because he believes Nominet's procedures are biased in favour of big companies at the expense of smaller competitors. ®

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