Sex.com To Become High Brow Arts Website - June 13th 2003
After 6 years of intense legal battles, the domain www.sex.com has finally been transferred back to its legal owner, after Stephen Cohen illegally had the domain transferred to his ownership and proceeded to build up a multi million dollar porn empire from the domain.
However, its true owner Gary Kremen, has finally managed to prove that Mr Cohen fraudulently obtained ownership of the domain by forging a letter to Network Solutions six years ago.
Now in ownership of the site once again, Mr Kremen intends to use the site for a website project he’d been toying with the last couple of months.
“Well you know how it is, you have a spare domain and some webspace you own but have no idea what to do with it. I’d bought it 6 years ago when the Internet was emerging as a big thing and everyone had joked ‘I’d like to go and get some sex.com’ – or at least my friends were.
“So I thought, I wonder if sex.com exists – and it didn’t so I bought it but had no idea what to do with it and it was left lying around.
“Anyway, I had this idea of a high brow arts website just as the case was warming up but didn’t think it was serious. So I launched it on some Geocities webspace and it’s doing quite well. So I thought now I’ve got a spare domain I may as well sling it on there and see how it does.”
In the first 24 hours, Mr Kremen’s Art Website attracted 4.7 million hits to his front page.
“I was astounded, I’d managed 400 on Geocities one day and was staggered by that – but 4.7 million. My god, my website must be good.”
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