Feeds

Sex.com ruling upheld by Court of Appeals

Game over

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Stephen Cohen has lost an appeal against a ruling that he must pay $65 million to Gary Kremen, the man who registered sex.com, reports USA Today. Cohen stole the domain name in 1995 and used it to front a lucrative porn business.

Kremen, of San Francisco, originally registered the name in 1994. But Cohen, an ex-convict, took the name from Kremen the following year by sending a forged letter of transfer to Network Solutions (which subsequently became part of VeriSign).

Cohen then ran a highly profitable porn portal until November 2000 when a court awarded Kremen the return of the domain name.

Cohen has paid nothing to Kremen, and Kremen says that a warrant is out for his arrest. But according to the fascinating article by USA Today, Cohen is now in Europe, making what he describes as a "very comfortable living" in the European casino and construction industries.

The case was last decided by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002. That judgment, published in full the following year, upheld a district court ruling in part, reversed it in part, and in part remanded it to the lower court for further proceedings. Cohen then tried without success to get the Supreme Court to review the case; and last month it appears that it ended up back with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, possibly ending one of the internet's longest-running domain name disputes.

Kremen also sued VeriSign for the initial blunder, a case that settled last year with the company paying Kremen an undisclosed sum.

Copyright © 2005, OUT-LAW.com

OUT-LAW.COM is part of international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Related links

USA Today's report
The ruling of 2002 (22-page PDF)

Related stories

Sex.com epic battle finally ends
VeriSign misses Sex.com trial deadline
Sex.com owner can sue VeriSign
Sex.com, Sex.com, you're my Sex.com
Sex.com conman continues ludicrous legal fight
Is this the end of the domain transfer nightmare?
Sex.com could cost VeriSign $100m, says suit
Manhunt starts for Sex.com snatcher
Sex.com owner wins $65m damages
VeriSign sued again for domain cock-up

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.