Sex.com

Gary first registered the domain name sex.com in 1994. In 1996 Stephen M. Cohen, contacted Network Solutions and fraudulently had the domain transferred to his name. Gary was a successful plaintiff in Kremen vs. Cohen, Network Solutions, et. el. In the lawsuit, he was awarded a $65 million verdict that was appealed by Cohen all the way to the US Supreme Court. With respect to Network Solutions, Kremen’s successful appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal created the precedent that domain names are property and subject to conversion, as well as other property related torts. Gary’s sale of Sex.Com was for the highest amount ever paid for a domain name. The case was the first ever of its kind, never before had there been a ruling in this area of the law; the case made the casebooks.

Media and Press

  • Skeptical Digest 20.3

    Skeptical Digest · December 2007

  • Be Careful what You Wish For: The Continuing Saga of Gary Kremen and Sex.com

    USA Today · April 2006 · PDF

  • Sex.com sold for $12 million

    CNN.com · February 2006 · PDF

  • Sex.com site sold for around $12million Anonymous buyers to create leading adult entertainment destination

    Reuters · January 2006 · PDF

  • Sex.com, Drugs and a Rocky Road

    Fortune · December 2005 · PDF

  • Sex.com domain hijacker captured

    Fortune · December 2005 · PDF

  • Web site figure ordered to N. Californian: $65 million judgement awaiting jailed man

    Union Tribune · october 2005 · PDF

  • Kremen Collects More From Cohen

    AVN Online · October 2005 · PDF

  • Hijacker of ‘Sex.com’ is Arrested

    Chicago Tribune · August 2005 · PDF

  • Mexico Returns ‘Sex.com’ Hijacker to U.S.

    LA Times · August 2005 · PDF

  • Appeals court upholds Sex.com ruling

    USA Today · March 2005 · PDF

  • VeriSign to Settle Lawsuit Over Sex.com

    LA Times · April 2004 · PDF

  • Online porn often leads high-tech way

    USA Today · March 2004 · PDF

  • RSF home a bonus of lawsuit victor for CEO of Sex.com

    Rancho SF Review · January 2004 · PDF

  • Sex.com, VeriSign settle domain name suit

    CNET · April 2004 · PDF

  • Sex.com, VeriSign, settle six-year legal battle

    USA TODAY · April 2004 · PDF

  • VeriSign Settles Sex.com Lawsuit

    San Jose Mercury News · April 2004 · PDF

  • VeriSign to face Sex.com lawsuit

    CNET · July 2003 · PDF

  • Sex.com conman continues ludicrous legal fight

    The Register · May 2003 · PDF

  • Calif. top court may weigh in on Sex.com

    CNET · January 2003 · PDF

  • Sex, lies. and Earth Station 5

    The Economist · December 2003 · PDF

  • Sponsorship Search

    WSJ · August 2003 · PDF

  • The Prisoner of Sex.com

    Wired · August 2003 · PDF

  • The fight over stolen Sex.com domain

    CNN.com · July 2003 · PDF

  • Wired Got Some Wires Crossed Kremen

    AVN · July 2003 · PDF

  • VeriSign Faces Sex.com Suit

    LA Times · June 2003 · PDF

  • The fight over stolen Sex.com domain

    CNN.com · June 2003 · PDF

  • Sex.con

    The Guardian · June 2003 · PDF

  • High Court Refuses Sex.com Suit

    Bloomberg · June 2003 · PDF

  • Appeals Court Upholds $65-Million Jury Award in Sex.com Domain Case

    LA Times · September 2002 · PDF

  • Sex.com Case Turning Dirty

    CNET · August 2002 · PDF

  • Yahoo Battles Sex Site Over Use of Term

    WSJ · August 2001 · PDF

  • Judge: Sex.com was stolen, $65M Owed

    USA Today · April 2001 · PDF

  • Judge Awards $65 Million in Sex.com Case

    Reuters · April 2001 · PDF

  • A Kinder, Gentler Sex.com

    Wired · April 2001 · PDF

  • Sex.com Case Could Help Write Web Law

    USA Today · April 2001 · PDF

  • Tangled Tale of the Pilfered Porn Site

    LA Times · March 2001 · PDF

  • Man Sued Over Sex.com Now a Fugitive

    LA Times · March 2001 · PDF

  • Judge returns Sex.com domain to owner

    USA Today · November 2000 · PDF

  • Sordid Story of Sex.com

    Luke Ford · November 2000 · PDF

  • Web porn case gets stranger

    USA Today · August 2000 · PDF

  • Sex.com ownership ruling expected

    USA Today · August 2000 · PDF

  • Superbrands: Gary, Sex.com and the Rude Facts of Life

    Ad Week · June 2000 · PDF

  • The Sordid Saga of Sex.com

    Wired News · April 1999 · PDF

  • Eminent domain name

    Forbes · February 2000 · PDF