[ga] EFF joins Sex.com case
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Who's Always Screwing up???
By Lisa M. Bowman
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
January 25, 2002, 10:20 AM PT
A technology civil liberties group is jumping into a dispute between
the owner of the Sex.com Web address and domain name provider
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it filed a brief this week
with a federal appeals court on behalf of Gary Kremen, the original
owner of the Sex.com address. Kremen lost the domain name to another
porn entrepreneur and then won it back after a protracted legal
In it's brief, the EFF asked the court to hold VeriSign, which now
owns the Net name registrar that transferred the Web address,
responsible for the error. VeriSign acquired registrar Network
Solutions in 2000.
"A court has ruled that (Network Solutions) can screw up its monopoly
on dot-com domain name management and face no consequence for its
actions," EFF Attorney Robin Gross said in a statement announcing the
court filing. "We hope the appellate court will recognize the danger
in eliminating all accountability for this key component of Internet
Kremen lost the Sex.com address after Stephen Cohen tricked Network
Solutions into giving him the name. Network Solutions had a monopoly
on domain names at the time. A court ordered Cohen, who is still at
large, to pay Kremen $65 million and give up the domain name.
However, the judge also said VeriSign wasn't liable, a ruling Kremen
Many of the cases the EFF takes on involve free speech and consumer
rights in an increasingly wired world, but some of its officials have
said they plan to watch disputes surrounding domain names more
closely. The organization usually joins cases that reach beyond a
particular individual to affect the Internet community at large.
VeriSign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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