March 26, 2001 |
Stephen Michael Cohen is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the Internet Age, having raked in an estimated $43 million in profit from advertising fees and monthly memberships sold through the pornography site http://www.sex.com. What makes the feat more impressive is that Cohen, a multiple felon who once advertised swingers' sex parties in Orange County, made his money by swiping the Sex.com site with a forged letter to the agency that registers Internet names. Within days, U.S.
June 1, 2001 |
Online porn portal Sex.com offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Stephen Michael Cohen, the former Orange County businessman who hijacked the lucrative Web address for five years. Cohen forged a letter to Internet registrar Network Solutions in 1995 to gain control of the domain name, then turned it into a hard-core site that was among the Web's biggest moneymakers, according to records in the long-running legal fight that followed.
June 10, 2003 |
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive an adult-entertainment executive's bid to avoid paying $65 million to the owner of the Sex.com Web site for stealing the Internet address. The justices turned down Stephen Michael Cohen's argument that he should be allowed to appeal the order that he pay Sex.com owner Gary Kremen for acquiring the domain name through fraud. An appeals court dismissed Cohen's appeal in August on grounds that he was a "fugitive from justice."
July 26, 2003 |
Gary Kremen won a major legal victory Friday in his long and expensive fight to be reimbursed for what may well be history's greatest theft of virtual property. Kremen had the foresight to register the domain name "sex.com" in 1994 -- and the misfortune to have it swindled away from him in 1995. All it took was a forged letter from a con man to convince Internet registrar Network Solutions Inc. that ownership had changed hands. It hadn't. And so, a three-judge panel of the U.S.
April 21, 2004 |
A decade ago, in the World Wide Web's formative days, Gary Kremen registered "sex.com" with the company that keeps the rolls of the world's commercial domain names. One year later, a con man filched the rights, and Kremen set off on one of the Internet's longest-running legal battles. Now the lawsuit has been put to bed. VeriSign Inc. has agreed to settle Kremen's federal suit, the two sides said Tuesday. The Mountain View, Calif.