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Sex.com: One Domain, Two Men, Twelve Years and the Brutal Battle for the Jewel in the Internet's Crown Paperback – May 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204663
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant bit of writing. Read it if you dare" --The Register (added by author)

"Compelling, well-informed and highly readable" --CircleID (added by author)

"A fun read on many levels... it's a great business and legal story" --eWeek (added by author)

"An exhilarating and entertaining read" --Domain Name Wire (added by author)

An interesting story which includes almost every kind of dirty-dealing you could want - Sunday Telegraph

The battle for the domain name sex.com had it all ... a fast-footed account of the trial and its upshot - The Times

Fascinating - Zoo magazine

About the Author

Kieren McCarthy is a freelance journalist who has been following and reporting on the evolution of the Internet since the late 1990s. He is a specialist in the legally undecided issue of domain names, as well as the complex issues surrounding governance of the Internet. Kieren has written for, among others, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Scientist, The Register, PC Week, Practical Internet, Computeractive and Techworld. Over the course of the past ten years, he has interviewed many of the early pioneers of the Internet as well as more recent figures who have shaped the direction of the Internet. A highly regarded blogger on the Internet's political processes, Kieren is often asked to give his expert opinion to other media, and recently acted as official blog-watcher at the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and child.

More About the Author

An acknowledged expert on the Internet's naming systems and global politics surrounding Internet governance, Kieren has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and online publications as well been a guest on countless radio shows, providing witty and accessible insights into this fast-moving and complex world.

Kieren is the author of Sex.com: One Domain, Two Men, Twelve Years and the Brutal Battle for the Jewel in the Internet's Crown (voted one of the 10 best-ever technology books), detailing the extraordinary battle for the world's most valuable online real estate. He is currently working on his second book, Uncle John, covering the life of "probably the best-loved man in San Francisco", John McLaren (1846-1943), who designed and built the world-famous Golden Gate Park.

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A really great book, very interesting!
Michael Morris
Kieren McCarthy's book tells you all about the front and backside of the Triple-X case and it's an exciting story from the Internet Governance regulation front.
Wolf Ludwig
This is an exciting and gripping book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonglier on June 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Forget the lubricious or lascivious, there's little if any of that in Kieren McCarthy's business-thriller/page-turner. Its essential subject matter is on the face of it dry as a bone: trademarks, internet domain names or URLs, intellectual property rights, and the civil legal system that arbitrates on all of the above.

Yet McCarthy makes the topic alive, fraught, fascinating and above all important: to you and me as media users, to would-bet net entrepreneurs, to anyone to whom ideas - and their protection and promotion - is important.

If you were to derive just one lesson from McCarthy, it would be this:

Don't bother staking your claim to ANY I.P. (intellectual property) unless you are prepared to defend it (metaphorically speaking) by blood and the sword.

Personally, I would have been quite unable to withstand the legal, financial and emotional pressure to which the founder of sex.com was subjected when his site was stolen from him and, finally, after years of legal battles, restored.

It is quite likely that, by winning the battle for himself, he fought and won what would have been many a future battle for the rest of us. URLs (including the very one you're looking at now!) are that bit safer from thieves and pirates because of the victory described in this book.

But oh how close, in the dying days of the saga, victory looked like turning to the sourest possible defeat!

Rush to your credit card wallet and buy this book now. Buy two: you're sure to know a net fiend who'll find it instructive and enthralling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a highly readable book about the legal battle between Gary Kremen and Stephen Cohen for ownership of the 'sex.com' domain name.

While the focus is specifically on the battles fought over the sex.com domain name, a number of broader intellectual property and domain name management issues are also covered.

Establishing and enforcing ownership of intellectual property in a virtual world operating largely across (if not outside) territorial boundaries is fascinating. On one level, this is a book about a battle between two intelligent and driven men (and their lawyers) for a lucrative piece of virtual real estate. On another level, it is about 'managing' aspects of the the internet. Or is it?

Gary Kremen has since sold the domain name for some $US 12 million.

Recommended to those interested in real crime as well as those interested in intellectual property issues.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on August 16, 2007
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This is an exciting and gripping book. I found myself turning pages as fast as when reading other non-fiction thrillers like Marc Bowden's Killing Pablo.

You don't have to be into technology and domain names to enjoy this book. If you're into crime books or law, you'll find this story fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crunchyhippo on July 22, 2010
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I had read enough tidbits of this legal battle online to want to get this book when I learned it had been written. I hoped it would be good, as the subject matter would certainly make good writing fodder. And I was right - the author did a great job of making the book suspenseful without giving too much away all at once. The legal battles between Kremen and Cohen went back and forth, all the while showing the utter corruption of Cohen and the relentless tenaciousness of Kremen, and it was a roller-coaster ride all the way through the book. McCarthy surely did a huge amount of research to produce all the details in the book, and it was a great read without being sleazy (which I was hoping it wouldn't be, considering the subject matter).

With the exception of perhaps one paragraph, which was sexually-explicit in its description of Cohen's temporary sex.com website in the late 90s, I would recommend this book for an enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DNS on July 10, 2010
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For anyone looking to take a peek under the covers as to how a) the porn business works and b) how the governance of the internet works this is a must read.

The persistence of Gary Kremen against all the odds and formidable opponents in the form of Cohen and Network Solutions should be an inspirations to many who have much smaller battles to fight. If you are right....keep fighting.

I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it.
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