The Bizarre Story of the Sex.com Heist…

The Bizarre Story of the Sex.com Heist…


In 1983, Paul Mockapetris proposed a distributed
database of internet name and address pairs, now known as the Domain Name System (DNS). This is essentially a distributed “phone
book” linking a domain’s name to its address, allowing you to type in something like todayifoundout.com
instead of the IP address of the website. The distributed version of this system allowed
for a decentralized approach to this “phone book.” Previous to this, a central HOSTS.TXT file
was maintained at Stanford Research Institute that then could be downloaded and used by
other systems. Even by 1983, this was becoming a problem
to maintain, which ultimately led to the Domain Name System. In these Wild West days of the internet when
domain names first began to be registered for commercial use, with symbolics.com kicking
things off when it was registered to Symbolics Computer Corp. on March 15, 1985, few people
had any idea how big the internet was going to be in the coming decades. As a result, the value of domain names was
underestimated to an almost comical degree. Examples of domain names that were snapped
up in the halcyon days of the early 1990s by savvy internet denizens include Beer.com,
(sold in 2004 for $7 million), Hotel.com (sold in 2011 for $11 million) and the subject of
today’s article- Sex.com. This particular domain was registered by one
Gary Kremen for free thanks to the National Science Foundation footing the bill at the
time. While Kremen has run or invested in a myriad
of successful businesses since, he is perhaps best known today as the creator of Match.com,
which presently brings in a few hundred million dollars per year. Although, funny enough, owing to his removal
as CEO by an amazingly inept board who likewise demonstrated a spectacular lack of vision
and undervaluation of the website, Match.com was sold for a mere $7 million in 1998 (about
$10.7 million in today’s dollars), with Kremen only getting about $50,000 of that
for his idea and effort in building the site. (A little over a year later it sold again
for about $50 million with little changes to the site in the interim, with Kremen noting
of the previous sale that he vehemently argued against, “Talk about mispricing.”) But we’re not here to talk about Match.com. Rewinding back to 1994, Kremen, a holder of
bachelor’s degrees in computer science and another in electrical engineering, as well
as an MBA from Stanford Business School, saw great potential in online businesses, and
thus had made a practice of snapping up domains that he thought would work great for various
e-businesses he had ideas for. So when he noticed sex.com was available,
he nabbed it via the registrar Internic, which was later acquired by Network Solutions. Of course, at the time, himself having long
struggled to find a steady girlfriend, Kremen was busy attempting to give the world of dating
a major upgrade via introducing the aforementioned online dating service, match.com, so set aside
sex.com to do something with later. Important here is that when Kremen did register
sex.com, while he named his non-incorporated company Online Classifieds as the owner of
the domain, he put himself as the sole point of contact. Seemingly, this should have made it pretty
difficult for someone to steal sex.com from him, but at the time, as noted, few people
had any real notion that domains should have value, even, as it turns out, Network Solutions. In fact, at least according to their later
legal argument in a case with Kremen, they stated they considered domains more like phone
numbers than property someone owned. Enter Stephen Cohen. Besides supposedly having a Juris Doctor degree
from Southern California Law School, over the course of his life Cohen’s been involved
in a shockingly high number of schemes. For example, according to a lawyer friend
of his, one Roger Agajanian, Cohen even once successfully impersonating a judge in Colorado
for several years, including, to quote, “[letting] people off all the time” while acting as
a judge. While he was arrested countless times over
the years for his many exploits, he was particularly adept at not only staying out of jail, but
also weaseling out of actually coughing up any money to people he’d defrauded and creditors
via, according to Agajanian, “playing procedural games” and hiding acquired assets until
those he’d conned just gave up trying to get anything out of him. Fast-forwarding a bit to the late 1980s, and
an Orange Country sheriff, Gary Jones, had been trying to catch Cohen at something for
years, ever since discovering he’d been stealing expensive cars from people via pretending
to impound them when the people fell behind on payments, as well as operating a phony
law firm. During the ordeal, Cohen even allegedly had
the audacity to threaten Sheriff Jones’ family if he didn’t back off, which, to
quote Jones, “made it personal, so every time that guy sneezed, I knew.” But even under such close scrutiny, he still
seemingly had little trouble keeping up his various illegal activities. But in 1991, the master conman finally had
a stint in prison, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc, in California, for his
involvement in a bankruptcy fraud scheme, where, among other duplicitous activities,
he brazenly posed as a variety of different lawyers in the case. We could go on for pages on the various fascinating
activities Cohen got up to over the decades as he mastered the craft of being not only
a conman but also someone who seemingly could give the world’s top lawyers a lesson in
how to exploit the U.S. legal system to get away with almost anything, but today we’re
just going to focus on one of his little escapades- the sex.com heist. On February 1, 1995, Cohen was released from
prison. Seemingly not long after, he set his sites
on acquiring sex.com. Rather than make an offer to the rightful
owner, Kremen, to buy it or even create a partnership of some sort (which actually might
have really worked out for both Cohen and Kremen, as it turns out), he seems to have
decided he’d rather just steal it. To do so, he settled on an ingeniously simple
plan, which he put into motion on October 15, 1995. Cohen began by forging a letter from the president
of Kremen’s Online Classifieds, Sharon Dimmick. Using a fake, seemingly official looking letterhead,
in the letter Dimmick, on behalf of Online Classifieds, noted that Kremen had been fired
and that they were “relinquishing” all rights to Sex.com to Cohen. Moreover, in the letter, it stated that: “Because we do not have a direct connection
to the internet, we request that you notify the internet registration {sic} on our behalf,
to delete our domain name sex.com. Further, we have no objections to your use
of the domain name sexcom and this letter shall serve as our authorization to the internet
registration to transfer sex.com to your corporation.” Of course, Sharon Dimmick didn’t exist,
but that didn’t matter here. When Cohen presented the letter to Network
Solutions, the latter, with remarkable credulity (particularly given that a company with “online”
in their name wouldn’t have access to the internet, even in 1995), transferred the domain
to Cohen’s company, Sporting Houses Management, just two days later on October 17th, without
ever bothering to even try to contact the one person who actually was listed as a contact
and had registered the domain in the first place- Gary Kremen. Kremen would later note that on October 18,
“I woke up… and it was gone… It’s like someone forging the title to your
house and then taking it over.” Naturally, he contacted Network Solutions
to ask what had happened and to get the domain back, noting that he’d never authorized
any such transfer, but they claimed they had an internal policy to not get involved in
any dispute about ownership of domains and refused to transfer it back. (Presumably he’d have had much better luck
if he just wrote them a letter on Cohen’s behalf telling them to transfer the domain
back…) Of course, Cohen wasn’t about to give up
his new asset, leaving Kremen no alternative but to sue and try to get the courts to make
him. Beyond initially not being sure if he wanted
to so publicly associate himself with online porn via suing Cohen for sex.com back, the
other problem was that Kremen knew the legal battle would be extremely expensive and he
didn’t have the money at the time to pursue the case. So he put it on the backburner for a while. On top of this, when Kremen later began seriously
looking into suing, he was contacted by a lawyer from the Patent and Trademark Office. Said lawyer advised him that suing Cohen would
be a pointless act because Cohen had trademarked sex.com, retroactive to 1979 when Cohen had
first started using the term, meaning that thanks to that trademark, there was almost
no chance Kremen would win, even if he had been the one who’d originally registered
sex.com. If you’re now wondering how Cohen could
have been using sex.com all the way back in the late 1970s, he claimed on his trademark
application that he had been running an electronic bulletin board called The French Connection
back in 1979, which was, to quote, a board for “swingers, nudist camps, and alternative
lifestyles.” Essentially a hookup electronic bulletin board
and where sex.com, supposedly short for Sex Communications, was being used by Cohen. Cohen would later claim, “It was a very,
very lucrative business. It’s what became Sex.com today.” It is known that Cohen really did once run
such an electronic bulletin board service and later a real-world swingers meeting place
in Orange County in the late 1980s called “The Club”. This is definitively known, among other reasons,
because in 1990 Cohen was arrested for operating such a sex club in a residential zone, though
was later somehow found not guilty by a jury. As to whether “sex.com” ever had anything
to do with any of this, it’s generally thought unlikely. Whatever the case, according to Kremen, while
Cohen really did file for such a trademark once he acquired sex.com, it would later turn
out that the Patent and Trademark Office lawyer Kremen had been discussing the matter with
and who for a time successfully dissuaded him from attempting the lawsuit was none other
than the conman who’d stolen sex.com in the first place- Stephen Cohen. In any event, Kremen did not initial pursue
legal action and in the interim Cohen attempted to create the “Caesar’s Palace of brothels”
and even a fantasy sex island with sex.com being the web presence for these business
ideas. But all such plans fell through, and he simply
began offering subscription porn on sex.com, as well as running very lucrative ads as well. On top of that, even though he’d not actually
been granted the trademark for sex.com, he nonetheless began suing everyone using related
terms in their brands and the like. As Cohen put it in an interview, “We’ve
got lawsuits filed left and right for trademark infringement. We’re constantly filing new lawsuits. Constantly. We have teams of lawyers at Ocean Fund who
do nothing but file lawsuits.” (This seemingly actually was lucrative in
its own right, with some website owners at the time simply choosing to take a deal instead
of pay all the legal fees needed to take the matter to court.) Speaking of Ocean Fund, around this same time,
Cohen sold sex.com to a company called Sand Man Internacional in Mexico, a subsidiary
of Ocean Fund International, based in the British Virgin Islands. Naturally, though the paper trail is surprisingly
difficult to follow, presumably by design, it would appear this was all just a way for
Cohen to move ownership of the domain to an entity, which he owned, based outside of the
United States. However, Cohen’s lawsuits here would be
the beginning of his undoing in the sex.com heist. You see, while Kremen couldn’t afford to
go after Cohen himself, Cohen was making himself a lot of enemies in the world of online porn-
some of which agreed to team up with Kremen to cover legal costs of getting the sex.com
domain taken away from Cohen. And so it was that in the summer of 1998,
Kremen finally decided to sue to get the domain back. Soon enough, however, many of the porn moguls
that agreed to go into the battle with Kremen abandoned the cause, but one lawyer, Charles
Carreon, decided to stick it out with Kremen, despite Kremen’s lack of ability to pay. Later, when Cohen sued Kremen for defamation,
Carreon had the bright idea to leverage certain terms in Kremen’s home owners insurance
plan with State Farm to obligate them to defend Kremen in the defamation case. With State Farm’s large team of crack lawyers
now on his side, the runaround Cohen was giving the court system began to fall apart. Around the same time, Kremen stated he was
able to “liquidate the dot-com stock I had and put it all on red to beat [Cohen]”. At this point, it was personal, no doubt partially
fueled by the fact that apparently Cohen had a fun little habit of randomly calling Kremen
to taunt him or otherwise just mess with him in a variety of ways. Cohen didn’t help himself later when he
was caught on camera posing as one of Kremen’s lawyers and stealing 113 pages of his own
bank records that Kremen’s legal team had uncovered, which, by the way, apparently included
definitive records of him transferring some $25 million made from sex.com offshore- and
this was just a portion of what he probably actually made. When this theft was revealed, for the first
time, the court system started considering that maybe the smart looking, smooth talking,
Network Solutions backed Cohen wasn’t the upstanding businessman he appeared to be and
the eccentric, socially awkward Kremen, who looked pretty much as you’d expect a stereotypical
middle aged computer nerd in the 1990s to look, might actually not be crazy. But while this court battle was being waged,
as you might have guessed from that $25 million figure previously stated, Cohen was making
the most of his stolen property- at its peak, according to Cohen- so take this with a huge
grain of salt- earnings were around $225 million per year thanks to having about 9 million
subscribers paying $25 a pop, plus additional revenues from advertising, which he claimed
brought in about $1 million per month. As Cohen once bragged in an interview, “Let
me make it real simple for you. Our audience is not America. It’s the whole world. There’s only one word in the whole world
that everyone understands – sex. You type the word ‘sex,’ you come to Sex.com.” Of course, Cohen could have been making up
these fantastical sums, but based on estimated traffic at the time, which included somewhere
in the vicinity of 140 to 700 million page views per month at its peak, and revenues
that Kremen would later receive in ads when he got sex.com back, it’s generally thought
Cohen made around $100 million from sex.com in the five years he controlled the domain,
though given his absolute refusal to share such financial records with the courts, even
when ordered, it’s difficult to say for sure. Whatever his real earnings, being well versed
in the law and able to afford the best lawyers to boot, Cohen successfully dragged out the
case for two years, making a variety of arguments such as that because Kremen’s Online Classifieds
was not an officially registered company at the time he listed it as such when acquiring
sex.com, it could not have possibly ever owned sex.com. One of Cohen’s lawyer’s added to this,
“Thus, Online Classifieds’ allegation that it was the owner of the Sex.com URL has
no basis in fact and is tantamount to perpetrating a fraud.” Yes, they brazenly accused Kremen of fraud
in the case… Finally, in November of 2000, the courts ordered
that the ownership of sex.com should revert back to Kremen and that Cohen owed Kremen
a total of $40 million of the then estimated $100 million in revenue Cohen had supposedly
made in the five years he had possessed sex.com. Further, the court added in an additional
$25 million punitive damage award, bringing the total owed to Kremen to $65 million. Naturally, Cohen had no interest in paying
a dime to Kremen. Although the district court “froze” Cohen’s
known assets (read: issued an order on paper), this seems to have posed little impediment
to Cohen who had seemingly already planned ahead for such a contingency. Beyond leaving the country, he’d already
wired everything liquid to a variety of accounts offshore and even stripped his real estate,
which would soon be awarded to Kremen after another extended court battle, of everything
of value (including doors and toilets). Later the mansion was vandalized directly
before Kremen was to take possession of it, with it generally thought Cohen was behind
that. As to why Cohen officially claimed he could
not pay anything to Kremen, despite having made a boatload of money off of sex.com, it
would appear directly after losing the court battle all his companies had suddenly gone
completely bankrupt at the same time his own personal finances also mysteriously went to
zero… Although the court ordered Cohen to return
to the U.S. and show cause for his apparent contempt, he ignored the order and remained
out of the country. He did, however, briefly get arrested in Mexico
for trying to smuggle some money back into America, but would state after being caught
that he’d simply been trying to pay back Kremen as the court had ordered him too before
authorities got in the way… The trial court then declared him a fugitive
from justice and an arrest warrant was issued, but it couldn’t be served. About this time, Kremen himself posted a “Wanted”
poster with a $50,000 reward on sex.com, which only played into Cohen’s hands. Cohen then claimed he not only couldn’t
return to the United States, but that the arrest warrant should be rescinded because
between that and the reward for his capture, the authorities and bounty hunters outside
of his Mexico residence were allegedly engaging in gunfights to see who would apprehend him
– which posed a threat to his and other lives. The trial court was nonplussed and refused
his request. Cohen managed to keep himself out of the reach
of U.S. authorities for about five years, despite, according to Kremen, regularly still
calling to taunt him over the sex.com heist and even once offering Kremen shares in the
controversial file sharing system Earthstation 5 Cohen helped found. Naturally, Kremen had no interest in taking
stock in one of Cohen’s companies over actual money. Things changed when Cohen was arrested in
2005 in Mexico for violating immigration laws. You see, Kremen had discovered that Cohen
had divorced his wife, Rosa, which meant he needed a different visa to stay there. Naturally, Kremen made this fact known to
U.S. Marshals, once of which chose to pursue the matter, resulting in Cohen being arrested
when he attempted to acquire said correct visa in person. You see, when standing in the immigration
office, Cohen didn’t yet have the visa, so was officially in violation of Mexican
immigration laws and in a location authorities knew he’d show up at. And so it was that he was shipped back to
the United States where he spent a surprisingly short time in prison before being released
on December 5, 2006. So Kremen finally got some of that money,
right? Nope, Cohen claimed poverty and backed it
up with documentation showing he had no assets or money to speak of. Of course, sifting through the massive paper
trail of at least 12 companies around the world and various individuals, including family
members, Cohen seems to have used to hide some pretty massive sums of money after his
sex.com escapade, the courts weren’t, and aren’t, buying it. At least as recently as 2011, which is the
last court rulings we could find connected to the case, the matter was still ongoing,
with some of the bank accounts of said people closely connected to Cohen, and containing
some rather enormous sums of money, having been frozen. In terms of whether Kremen would actually
ever get access to the many millions of dollars in said frozen accounts, let alone the millions
more Cohen is thought to have stashed around in unknown accounts, this is still up in the
air. But Kremen states he told Cohen during one
of the conversations he’s had with him when Cohen calls to taunt, “I tell him it’s
going to happen with or without lube, so lie down and get it over with…” To date, however, he’s still waiting on
the now over $80 million owed here including interest. But don’t feel too bad for Kremen. You see, beyond eventually getting to run
his own version of sex.com, making a cool half a million dollars per month from it before
the dot.com bubble burst, and later selling it for $14 million in 2006 ($17.5 million
today), there was still the matter of Network Solutions who had transferred ownership of
his very valuable property without ever notifying him in any way they were doing this. Thus, he set his sites on Network Solutions
and its parent company, VeriSign, who acquired Network Solutions for a whopping $21 billion
in 2000. He alleged four causes of action in this particular
law suit, including breach of contract and conversion (taking someone’s property). The trial court rejected the breach of contract
claims because Kremen never paid for the domain name registration (again, back then you could
register for free thanks to the National Science Foundation), so there was no “consideration,”
that is, something of value Kremen paid in exchange for the domain name. This was upheld on appeal. Network Solutions also argued, with some success
initially, that it was akin to a phone company, with domain names essentially being phone
numbers. As a lawyer for Network Solutions, Phil Sbarbaro,
stated, “A domain name is not property, it’s a service.” However, the trial court’s rejection of
the conversion claim was overturned by the Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit noted that while traditionally
the tort of conversion only applied to tangible items (like a car), but not intangible things
(like information or the right to enforce a license or registration), this was an old-fashioned
view of property and its value; accordingly, the appellate court reversed the trial court’s
rejection and returned the claim, ruling that Network Solutions was indeed liable for damages
here owing to having transferred ownership of property without any authorization. This was a landmark case as, from a legal
perspective, many of the laws pertaining to real property now applied to domains, finally
affording domain owners some concrete legal protections concerning their property. Within a year, Kremen and VeriSign settled
the claim, reportedly for an amount in excess of $15 million ($20.5 million today). Then, of course, there was the matter of Kremen’s
sale of jobs.com, housing.com, autos.com, sex.net, computer.com, a sale of a patent
he held for dynamic web pages for a cool $1.25 million, and money made from several companies
he created and sold in the last few decades. On top of that, Cohen’s former 8,900 square
foot mansion in Rancho Sante Fe that was awarded to Kremen, which he lived in for a time, sold
for $4 million in 2009. He also has variously been awarded other bits
and pieces of Cohen’s assets when they can be tracked down and after lengthy legal battles
in which Cohen does everything possible to drag things out as long as he can. On that note, Kremen has stated he’s not
yet gotten enough back in said liquid assets to pay his legal fees (in excess of $5 million)
throughout the saga. More recently, Kremen’s taken to investing
in dozens of renewable energy startups. So ya, financially, he’s doing alright despite
not having the $65 million plus interest Cohen owes him. By all accounts the two still semi-regularly
converse though, generally in the form of taunting one another over the latest events
in their joined, sordid saga. Money isn’t everything and despite his enormous
success over the years, Kremen was still in search of love well over a decade after getting
fed up with 900 number dating services and deciding to found Match.com to solve the problem
for people such as himself. As you might imagine, as a very rich bachelor
in Southern California, particularly one who used to own and run a quasi-porn site in sex.com,
he had little trouble finding women wanting to spend as much time with him as he liked. But by his mid 40s, fed up with that lifestyle,
and instead wanting someone who’d love him for him and not the size of his wallet, he
offered his friends a deal- if one of them could find him a wife, he’d give said finder
and family an all expense paid trip to Hawaii. This actually worked and he was introduced
to one Dr. Petia Atanassova, who became Petia Kremen when they got married in 2008… Unfortunately it would appear according to
court records that on January 29, 2014, the couple filed for divorce, though the case
is still ongoing over four years later… But there too, it’s not all bad news, he
did have two great kids in the interim. And speaking of kids, while he might not have
made much money off of Match.com, thanks to it, Kremen has boasted he was able to help
make over a million babies… indirectly of course. As previously noted, Companies in the early
1990s were often so ignorant of the internet as a whole, let alone its potential as a tool
for advertising, sales and PR, that in the latter days of 1993 about half of all Fortune
500 companies had failed to even register their own name online. Companies started to cotton on to the value
of domain names and the internet in the latter days of 1994 when a writer for Wired magazine
called Joshua Quittner registered McDonalds.com and, in a fascinating time capsule of an article,
jokingly mentioned he might try to sell McDonalds.com to Burger King. Before registering the domain, Quittner repeatedly
reached out to McDonald’s to politely inform them that the domain was available and they
needed to grab it quickly before someone else did. At Quittner’s urging, Jane Hulbert of McDonald’s
media relations discussed the matter with higher ups in the company. The result? Hulbert stated her superiors’ reaction to
her queries about McDonald’s plans concerning the internet and the McDonald’s domain name
was, “No one seems to know anything about [the internet]…” Quittner ultimately decided to just register
McDonalds.com himself, even though it wasn’t yet clear from a legal standpoint if this
constituted trademark infringement or not, something that was at the time still being
fleshed out in court. (He did ultimately give the domain to McDonald’s
after the company agreed to provide free high-speed internet to a public school in Brooklyn.) Quittner likewise reached out to Burger King
encouraging them to register BurgerKing.com before someone else did. He stated Burger King’s initial response
when he mentioned the internet was, “[Is that] some kind of information thing, like
Prodigy?”

100 thoughts on “The Bizarre Story of the Sex.com Heist…

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  2. an ad again at the end changed my intended like into a dislike, but I'm sure the ad revenue is worth more to you. good report.

  3. i was disappointed with this video… the length for the info provided could have been cut in half… actually you could have skipped to the end and equated the legal battle to two parents fighting over children and called it a day… so much crap between the parties involved that barely affect everyday people… i'm sure someone somewhere will write a book about it someday… i still won't buy it…

  4. Tf? This was the first porn site I ever went on, since when did some fake orgasms have so much history behind them???

  5. Couldn't finish watching this. What a downer – the nerd gets screwed and the A-hole sociopath gets away with it. What was the point of making this vid? I left at 18.00 so maybe missed a happy ending but I doubt it.

  6. You have great idea for a television show Electronic History. Folks & owners & businesses could be entertained and learn…
    …after acquiring sew'nsew for free he later sold it for 8million dollars….a short 5yrs later company A sold it to company B for 1.1billion….

  7. I'm sorry but when you said that it wasn't all bad cause he had kids your wrong. it's worse cause he had kids. They just mean he has to pay the child support when the ex wife undoubtedly wins the child custody case

  8. Does anyone have captions on and see how different the text can be, particularly when Simon started to plug in dashlane at the end?

  9. why dont courts just say "pay the money you owe or we take it and you go to prison for life with no way out under any circumstances"

  10. A sociopathic master conman who steals others prosperity and property, and parasitized honest folks wholesale while contributing absolutely nothing to anyone ever, as a rootless destructive criminal force of nature damaging everything in his path, ruining lives in a higher trusting society he cannot empathize with ever, and his name is Cohen? Isn’t that the most respectful name and tribe of those that call themselves Jews? They are like the community moral leaders, those that are to serve as an example to the rest that cannot match the highest moral standards because of their ethical failings. They are that Rabbinical group of spirituality better behaved Talud scholars, and interpret the law for the balance of racial and religious supremacy for supremacists, and their relations with all other groups who cannot conform to their ideals, and are less than human because their law states we can be victimized as lesser souls? In fact we are animals to them, even the worst of them is infinitely greater than us as a collective, just cattle, to be worked as slaves or killed if not in their service. Lucky us, imagine how terrible we must truly be, in their cult as the diametric opposite of this paragon of virtue even among the holiest of their castes. Wasn’t a Cohen one of the greatest mass murderers of all human history in the Jewish Bolsheviks takeover of Russia, where single individuals were responsible for 10’s of millions of murders, and the destruction of all religious folk? Changed name to Russian one, oh and one of Maos henchman was… okay that is enough! Wait the body count is still climbing, in today’s news? I am pure evil for pointing this out! I should be crucified, lucky I’m a self hater! Shhh! I too am chosen and you people of earth, are less than my fingernail. Bow to my direct line to the king, that shall put me as head of all 7 billion, you just wait! Fear us! So is this brilliant Mr. Cohen married? I have a daughter, he’s very successful! You are all racists for judging him, shame, shame on you white man! Guilt and shame, you did these crimes, he’s a good boy! This story has driven me insane, clearly, your all Hitler if read this garbage! Picking on him just because he’s Jewish! I’m gonna sue, we own YouTube, calling the ADL!

  11. Imagine, you don't know what Internet is, and when someone mentions it, you can't just open a new browser tab or whip out your phone and google it! You go to your bookshelf, take the volume of encyclopedia, newest edition, printed maybe 10 years ago, that goes H-K, and it doesn't have anything on the subject! What do you do then?

  12. I hope Cohen gets tracked by anonymous or other hackers. Who Rob him blind and invest in Kremen's business venturers…

  13. I find it fascinating how little the courts did compared to the case of Kim Dotcom as in how much effort they put into freezing his money and getting him extradited to the US. But I guess as he wanted for crimes against huge cooperation the system was way more eager to help, right?

  14. It is strange that someone would think that a domain-name would be as devoid of value as a phone-number. Without doubt various people have gotten paid to give up the phone-numbers 666-6666 and 777-7777 (which they themselves only got by luck) in various New York City metropolitan area-codes so that car-services could get them. I'm sure that in most area-codes someone has been paid to change their phone-number from BUY-CARS to something else so that a car-lot could get their former phone-number. Also HOT-CHIX and other phone-numbers. I can see a millionaire with a ribald sense of humor, but not a business, paying to acquire FUC-KYOU or EAT-SHIT. Of course as is the case with license-plates (which in most states will never have "DIK", "ASS", "FUK" or "FAG" in the combinations, with some states also excluding "GAY"), these particular phone-numbers might not be available to anyone for any price.

  15. Didn't get past the advert, ridiculous hand gestures and awful youtube personality mannerisms before I quit.

  16. Here's how you can create a password you will remember and a computer cannot crack: take a string of words out of a dictionary and make a phrase, example: complexhumaneater, doctorwhalemaster, sexlubefun. No computer can crack these within a logical amount of time and if they mean something to you then you will not need to write them down.

  17. I don't know whether to like or dislike this video, because the content is great, but obnoxious ad in the middle of the video (prior to "bonus facts") without any icons to indicate where it ends is very inappropriate.

  18. in the 90's speculative individuels registered every name the could think of. Ford had to pay millions for fordDcom. You might go to such an address and the registered owner would have listed a price for the address.Eventually the courts ruled that if you didn't use the domain address or if the domain name was a previously registered trade name, you would lose the domain name.

  19. In a more ideal world, the judgement against Cohen should have been the full $100 million as restitution of unjust enrichment (separate to a fine/prison sentence for fraud). Cohen should also have been imprisoned indefinitely until he complied with the court orders (essentially receiving a 1 year prison sentence for contempt of court for each year that he refuses to comply).

  20. Still kick myself for not grabbing some of these domain names back in the early 90s. Saw lots of people do it. Also kick myself for not investing in some screwy idea of online auctions called Ebay (was contacted by the people who started it, they were regulars on buy sells on usenet). Did get into a domain name dispute at that time over what was likely the world's first political party website (it was in BC Canada) when a malcontent of the party tried to steal it. It appears that he was successful eventually (I stopped caring). BTW, many of those domain names people got were later taken away by large corporations citing that the name was of their company. It all seemed iffy at the time.

  21. Yep, back then the internet was the wild west, many people had domain's taken from them. This one was the best known case and it led to being able to build brands online. I do miss the old BBS days, so much more laid back aside from it being the dialup ISP era where not many were local phone calls. Great video, you covered it perfectly !

  22. Great story….but, that crease at the top button. It's like an eye magnet, for some reason.

    Yeah, I know-the mic cable.

  23. Dashlane is horrible, just fucking write your passwords down. Gods, nobody is going to sneak into your home, crack your computer and work from there, all breaches are through the internet.

  24. if i managed to get mcdonalds.com i would honestly do everything i could to sell it to burger king just for the lols

  25. If this were a movie about stealing something the fact that the stolen thing was a name would weigh down the movie to make it boring

  26. I'm surprised about how much there is to this story. Couldn't really find myself to care for either one of them as it's a con artist vs an OG domain squatter, but I really loved the part where a bunch of Porn moguls would have got together to make the lawsuit happen in the first place.

  27. In your dashlane promo at the beginning you said 'insecure' passwords. Passwords don't feel insecure, but they can be unsecure.

  28. Im surprised no one brought a baseball bat to Cohens knees, generally a lot of these terrible people get away with no issues

  29. I'm amazed no one has killed the con artist. With all the mafia members out there, someone's going to have both a grudge against him and the means to correct the problem permanently.

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