[Politech] Sex.com Settles with VeriSign [fs]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Tue Apr 20 2004 - 21:27:27 PDT

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    Subject: Sex.com Settles with Verisign
    Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 12:50:57 -0700
    From: Tom Hymes <tom@private>
    To: Declan McCullagh <declan@private>
    Thought your readers might like to know that Gary Kremen of Sex.com has
    finally settled his case with Verisign over the theft of his Website by
    Stephen Cohen back in 1995. As reported below, Verisign was deemed at fault
    by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a rather important precedent
    established regarding registrar responsibility concerning customer domain
    names. The first few graphs of our story are below, with a link to the full
    Tom Hymes
    Editor in Chief
    AVN Online Magazine
    SAN FRANCISCO - A six-year battle between Sex.com owner Gary Kremen and
    VeriSign (Network Solutions) over the theft of his domain by Stephen Cohen
    has ended. The two sides have settled their litigation, after the U.S. Ninth
    Circuit Court of Appeals held VeriSign responsible to tort for the Sex.com
    theft, which Cohen effected using a forged letter to the registrar.
    The appellate court had ruled that VeriSign, known at the time as Network
    Solutions, was responsible to what is known as the "tort of conversion" when
    it failed to return Sex.com, despite Kremen's complaints and proof that
    Stephen Cohen had stolen the domain by way of a forged letter to the
    registrar in 1995.
    The two sides settled the dispute April 19...
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