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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204663
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'an interesting story which includes almost every kind of dirty-dealing you could want' Sunday Telegraph. (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. (The Times)

'fascinating' Zoo magazine. (Zoo magazine)

From the Author

I am delighted to have the book finally exist having spent
three years researching and writing it.

I've had it for a week, and read chunks of it, but only just read it all
through with fresh eyes, and if I say so myself, it's a pretty good read:
pacy, intriguing, full of great information, and some nice insights.

It's a strange thing but it takes so long to write a book like this i.e.
one that combines both huge amounts of research and a large number of
contemporary interviews, that by the end of it, you're not really sure of
the end result.

I would say that the book is much pacier than I thought it would be. The
plus side of this is that it's a page-turner; the downside that some of the
important detail and careful reflection is very easy to zoom through.
Although in the first review I've seen (written on CircleID, a website
specialising in Internet matters) it was described as "the best book about
the Domain Name system that I've ever read... compelling, well-informed and
highly readable".

I pulled out alot of the legal information (there was a 10-year court
battle at the heart of the fight for Sex.com) and I think that was the
right way to go, although some of that material should be published
somewhere. Maybe I'll just stick it up on my website.

I also note with detached amusement that a chapter on the early explosion
of domain names that I had pulled out temporarily during editing, I had
forgotten to put it back in. It may be better because of it.

So: the pluses. It is a terrific story. It always was. I would have had to
have been an idiot to fail to make an exciting and fascinating book out of
these two people and how they fought with one another during the most
extraordinary period of the dotcom boom, bust and to this day. I went
through four entirely different ways of telling this story and eventually
ended up with this one - a third-person review with a journalistic feel to
it.

The book strikes me as authoritative, even though it is fast-paced. I'm
glad the huge amount of research paid off. It's amusing to read one
sentence and realise it took you three days to find that information.

Sex.com could prove useful as one of the books that will inevitably help
people not involved in the Internet world to understand the history of the
Internet and the remarkable pioneers (and charlatans) that it attracted. It
is not a scholarly book and it was written that way on purpose. I hope the
story will be the method by which people grasp some of the fundamentals of
this extraordinary computer network.

The cons: A slower book would been more interesting from an intellectual
viewpoint. The book is also shorter than it needs to be - I cut it down to
80,000 from 150,000 to make it easily accessible but I can't decide whether
this easy-to-read aspect makes it feel lightweight (you can finish it in a
weekend) or whether it is exactly what is needed to get people that would
never normally read it, to give it a go.

There are a few minor niggles. I have found two factual errors, two
continuity errors and a garbled paragraph. I also wish it had photos in the
middle. I really wanted some in the middle featuring the main actors and
some of the remarkable events.I don't know what else. I'm intrigued to see what people think. I will say
though that the ending, for me, is an absolute winner.

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Format: Paperback
This is a great story. A combination of gross incompetence and balls of steal resulted in the most valuable domain being stolen from a successful businessman (and part-time junkie.) The thief (Stephen Cohen) is obviously a horrible man, but some part of my greatly admired his "win at any cost" mentality.

There was something just not right about this book though. Either the author was very low on the facts surrounding this story, or he's just not a very good writer. I've read a lot of web related books (boo hoo, dot con, etoy v etoys, etc.) and sex.com is probably the least enjoyable, even though it has the greatest story (expect the Hollywood version soon!)

I recommend you check this book out if you're interested in the web industry and you like a good crime/con man story. Just don't expect a riveting read...
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If you are interested in domain names, the internet, its history, real life crime stories, the american legal system or are simply looking for a page turning read, then buy this book.

It's an amazing story about 2 very different, fascinating men who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Well written short chapters make it an easy, page turning read that will keep you hooked throughout. If it wasn't true you'd think it a great work of fiction and would be lining up to buy the sequel.
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Loved it! A must-read for anyone interested in the history of the internet - but it's also a great story. Fast and pacy, and this is with all the court cases. The book really gets to the heart of the issue and conveys the story in an accessible way, which means you don't have to be a techie to enjoy it - it's about men, power and greed. And it's all true!The great cover also means you get some interesting glances on the tube.
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This is a highly readable book about the legal battle between Gary Kremen and Stephen Cohen for ownership of the 'sex.com' domain name.

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.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91b21d8c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b357ec) out of 5 stars Don't enter the world of Intellectual Property without this book 6 Jun. 2007
By Jonglier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Forget the lubricious or lascivious, there's little if any of that in Kieren McCarthy's business-thriller/page-turner. Its essential subject matter is on the face of it dry as a bone: trademarks, internet domain names or URLs, intellectual property rights, and the civil legal system that arbitrates on all of the above.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b35840) out of 5 stars Intellectual property in the virtual world: redefining ownership 26 Nov. 2007
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a highly readable book about the legal battle between Gary Kremen and Stephen Cohen for ownership of the 'sex.com' domain name.

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.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930bc8a0) out of 5 stars An exciting, gripping tale 16 Aug. 2007
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an exciting and gripping book. I found myself turning pages as fast as when reading other non-fiction thrillers like Marc Bowden's Killing Pablo.

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.
HASH(0x930bca5c) out of 5 stars Awesome book 26 Feb. 2015
By Anthony J Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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A super interesting book that is impossible to put down once you start reading it. I spent an entire vacation enjoying this. This is a fascinating story. It's part porn history. A really great read.
HASH(0x91b3a384) out of 5 stars OK for domainers 10 Oct. 2015
By VK - Published on Amazon.com
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I am interested in domain names but the book is very dry. The story has been stretched out in a book when in all honestly it would be plenty to read in an article. If you have no interest in domain names, I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
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