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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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"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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.