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The Sex.Com Chronicles: A White-Hat Lawyer's Journey to the Dark Side of the Internet Paperback – December 16, 2008
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It was an interesting read, mostly for the subject matter. The writing itself wasn't spectacular--it's well edited, so you no glaring grammar or spelling errors like you'd see from bad fan fiction, but the organization and style don't really add much to make the material exciting.
Now I sincerely regret putting a few bucks in the author's pocket. Though he styles himself as a so-called "white hat," if you look at the public records on his most recent, prominent case, he's basically defending a copyright infringer by filing frivolous defamation lawsuits against the guy whose work was stolen because he had the audacity to publicly complain about his work being stolen. I would not be surprised if the California bar decides to bring sanctions against him for filing motions with no basis in fact or law.
I would never recommend that anyone steal someone else's copyrighted work, but if someone did pirate Carreon's work, and then sued him for complaining about it, I imagine the irony would be lost on him.
Moreover, Carreon's later dishonesty and lack of integrity makes me question how honest the contents of this book really was. We know from the public record who won, what evidence and arguments were presented, and what side the court came down on, but I no longer know whether to believe Carreon's version of events leading up to the case. He alleges that his client had the domain name and it was "stolen" from him through fraud, but now I wonder whether this was just a greedy domain name squatter who let a registration lapse, and then recruited a sleazy lawyer to trick a court into stealing sex.com back once he realized how valuable it was.
This book will most likely appeal to you if you've got an education in the Law, or an understanding of the legal concepts of property, tort, contract, and the litigation process. The author frequently discusses legal concepts such as consideration in forming a contract, duties of a bailee, etc, which means if you're not already familiar with the way the concepts function, then it will probably make the book significantly harder to follow, and will be pretty dry to boot.
The other hurdle to get past is that Carreon is prone to use some rather flowery language in his discussion of the case and some legal concepts (he often tries to create analogies to explain the concepts on which he formed his case, but they're often forced and not entirely accurate). Occasionally this makes the reading rather awkward; you'd expect similar prose from a lovesick teenager writing a bad love letter.
These points aside, the journey of litigating the sex.com case is reasonably compelling. How accurate the author's account of himself in the action is probably open to debate, but at face value, it's an interesting story.
Final year law students and very junior lawyers will find it a good book to read on the beach with a beer.
I would advise all potential purchasers not to buy this book just in case the same thing happens to you.
You'll thank me silently at night.
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