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Domain Name Sold for Millions

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the how-much-for-intercourse.com dept.

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Luke PiWalker writes "The infamous and controversial domain Sex.com has officially been sold to Boston-based Escom LLC for a reported $14 million. Sex.com owner Gary Kremen was unavailable for comment, but a source from Kremen's company, Grant Media, told XBiz that sales for the famous domain name will still be handled through Grant Media's San Francisco offices. While other terms of the acquisition remain unknown, XBiz was able to locate information on the deal through a company called InternetRealEstate.com, which shares office space in Boston with Domain Name Acquisition Group (DNAG), a company that was involved in a lawsuit surrounding the Sex.com domain in September."

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READ THIS WEBSITE (-1, Troll)

Reikk (534266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508463)

Re:READ THIS WEBSITE (1)

Ads are broken (718513) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508847)

Will there be a quiz afterward?

Domain names (0, Redundant)

PlayfullyC1ever (944117) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508464)

I wish I bought sex.com then I could be a millionaire!

Re:Domain names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14510427)

How can the second post be redundant?

Sex Sells (5, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508472)

I've heard the saying "Sex Sells" but this is ridiculous.

Re:Sex Sells (2, Funny)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508816)

It needs a rewrite. The modern version is: "Sex.com sells"

Re:Sex Sells (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508890)

wow..almost $6 million per letter.

Re:Sex Sells (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14510789)

wow..almost $6 million per letter.

You must be a product of the public school system. $4.6 million / letter is hardly "almost $6 million".

$14 million (5, Funny)

yobjob (942868) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508473)

Definitely goes in my great big "wish I thought of it first" list.

Re:$14 million (1)

rosewood (99925) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508514)

When did sex.com get gobbled up originally? There was an article a few years back that talked about the history of the sex.com domain that was rather interesting I thought.

In 1995 (2, Informative)

n6kuy (172098) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509639)

I'm surprised it took that long....

Registrant:
Escom, LLC
ATTN: SEX.COM
c/o Network Solutions
P.O. Box 447
Herndon, VA. 20172-0447

      Domain Name: SEX.COM

      Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
            Escom, LLC d54ma69r6ze@networksolutionsprivateregistration.co m
            ATTN: SEX.COM
            c/o Network Solutions
            P.O. Box 447
            Herndon, VA 20172-0447
            570-708-8780

      Record expires on 30-Nov-2015.
      Record created on 18-Oct-1995.
      Database last updated on 19-Jan-2006 10:45:31 EST.

      Domain servers in listed order:

      NS5.SEX.COM 198.87.233.72
      NS6.SEX.COM 64.244.252.131

This listing is a Network Solutions Private Registration. Mail
correspondence to this address must be sent via USPS Express Mail(TM) or
USPS Certified Mail(R); all other mail will not be processed. Be sure to
include the registrant's domain name in the address.

Re:$14 million (2, Interesting)

RobinH (124750) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508552)

Definitely goes in my great big "wish I thought of it first" list.

I just have a feeling that someone would have stolen the domain name, had you registered it originally. I was at a bar years ago in Ottawa, Canada talking to an employee who said that a bar with the same name in New Zealand stole their internet domain name just by sending a letter to the domain registrar asking for the admin contact and details to be changed. There was nothing they could do to get it back.

Re:$14 million (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508567)

Actually, I believe that very thing happened here as well, and they sued to get it back.

Re:$14 million (3, Informative)

joepeg (87984) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508620)

That is called Domain Hijacking. It is actually a common practice. It even happened to Sex.com [wired.com]

A guy named Gary Kremen was apparently one of the first cybersquatters in the early 90's when domains were free. A guy named Stephen Cohen then hijacked Sex.com, and Kremens sued him:

"In November 2000, at the end of a three-year legal battle, a federal judge ruled that Stephen Cohen had stolen the domain by forging a letter from Kremen's company to Network Solutions. Cohen was ordered to return Sex.com to Kremen and pay him $65 million in damages. (Cohen appealed, and in June of this year, the US Supreme Court declined to hear his case.) In the meantime, Cohen had fled the country, so all Kremen got as compensation was this California mansion and a derelict house on the US-Mexico border. Even so, Kremen figured he'd found his winning lottery ticket. Under Cohen, Sex.com had been taking in $500,000 a month selling banner ads to other online porn sites."

Re:$14 million (1)

Fiachra06 (945611) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508601)

Along with the paper clip, post-its and Page Rank.

Re:$14 million (1)

JourneyExpertApe (906162) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510902)

Didn't whitehouse.com sell for $3 million a while ago?

Domain name - so 1999 (3, Insightful)

nordelius (947186) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508475)

Are domain names really that valuable anymore? Given recent stories on the way that search engines are leaching value from web resources, doesn't the default action of yer average mom-and-dad browser involve typing a company name into google rather than typing an url into the address bar? Er - first post (both EVAR and on this article). Guess I was just that lucky :-)

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508494)

You are forgetting that Google uses domain names as one of the key factors of their search algorithm.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508553)

It's just a trophy domain. Because it's too generic. Think about it, what service can you possibly sell there? I'm being serious. Sex is a highly specific thing with millions of "products", "choices". What would you expect to find at money.com or at drugs.com or at people.com? Nothing but a catch-all umbrella portal for other sites, so why go there and not directly to the specific flavour you're after, which is what a search engine is for anyway. Some poor sucker just paid 13,999,999 dollars too much for nothing useful.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (2, Informative)

Compulsion (734114) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508718)

It's just a trophy domain. Because it's too generic. Think about it, what service can you possibly sell there? I'm being serious. Sex is a highly specific thing with millions of "products", "choices". What would you expect to find at money.com or at drugs.com or at people.com? Nothing but a catch-all umbrella portal for other sites, so why go there and not directly to the specific flavour you're after, which is what a search engine is for anyway. Some poor sucker just paid 13,999,999 dollars too much for nothing useful.

A Trophy domain is exactly what you want. Pay for click banners, AdSense, and favorable linking practices net you, oh, $500,000 a month. It doesn't necessarily work under the old system, but it's a thriving internet business.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508554)

There are enough users just typing in the [keyword].com they're looking for to make it profitable. Especially for sex.com.

If they simply parked it they'd probably be making tens of thousands per day.

Now if they develop and brand the domain the sky is the limit.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508628)

You have a definite point, but you also underestimate the power of branding.

For some businesses, marketing is what gets the word out. Your name/brand is tied to that, making it valuable. Nike isn't a shoe company, it's a branding company. Most people don't go to the store and ask for sneakers, they go in and ask for Nikes.

The majority of search engine traffic for some of my clients' websites are name searches - "MyCompanyName" or "Smith and Associates." It's part of the online marketing battle. Not just so that people find you when they search for your product, but also so that they associate your name with the product. ("Online books" translates to Amazon, "auction" and Ebay.)

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508670)

Combination - typing the domain name into google search. Well, my mother does that, imagine her frustration when she couldn't get to a site anymore because there was no google to type the URL into.

(No, we haven't tried to teach her about bookmarks yet. One thing at a time).

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

omeg (907329) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509181)

The thing is that a concise and unique domain name could add a whole lot of credibility to your site. "That's not just some porn site you're browsing, that's THE sex.com!"

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

auntninn (947240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509586)

Just typing the name of the company did NOT work so great for me when looking up Dick's (Sporting Goods) from work.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510714)

But the name of the company IS "Dick's Sporting Goods", not "Dick's". "Dick's sporting goods" and even dick's sporting goods sans quotes both had the correct company at the top of the list.

You woudn't search for University of North Carolina by googling "University" would you?

As a joke: lame. As a serious comment: sad.

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

auntninn (947240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510812)

Not a serious comment. As a joke, lame? Perhaps. As something that really happened (because yes this really DID happen to me)? Everyone around here calls it just plain Dick's. And I didn't google. I typed in the URL, wasn't this thread about typing URLs directly?

Re:Domain name - so 1999 (1)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 8 years ago | (#14511139)

"You woudn't search for University of North Carolina by googling 'University' would you?"

The search term you are looking for is "tarhole." :P

GO DUKE!

Today's sexy anagram (3, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508477)

Sex.com has officially been sold to Boston-based Escom LLC for a reported $14 million.

Anagram 'Escom' and you get 'Comes' - now we know why they wanted it so bad.

Re:Today's sexy anagram (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508490)

I always thought Escom were a now-defunct German PC manufacturer who aquired the Amiga back in the 90's (& hence, The Curse). At a guess, that Escom and this Escom are not related. Or maybe they are. Or maybe they're not...

Re:Today's sexy anagram (0)

TrappedByMyself (861094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509157)

Anagram 'Escom' and you get 'Comes' - now we know why they wanted it so bad.

Gary Kremen his pants

Secone POST! YEAH!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508479)

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You suck try to come up with something original!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508651)

You know what I really think is lame..? You plagiarizing some sort of male spanking story and just exchanging the names.
Tell you what, I have authored very sick I call them "Slashdot Stories" to offend people and they haver ALL been of
own imagination.

Little Johnny woke up to a different America. He looked at his alarm clock in dismay that it was early in the morning and he had only been asleep for less than an hour. What were those noises in the hallway..? What were so many people up to this early in the morning? Johnny turned around and tried to drop back into sleep when all of the sudden fists banged on the door and a voice shouted "Federal Squad! Open up!" followed by the sound of splintering wood and a thud. Johny whirled around and looked into the face of Sargent Taco and twelve other troops in uniform pointing machine guns at him. His eyes widened and even though Johnny was pretty slow when it came to realizing even the painfully obvious, one could see how a certain understanding sunk in and his eyes glazed over. It was over. They had finally come for him. A fierce smile swept over Sargent Taco's face, "That's right punk, you're being squadded for what you posted on slashdot! Now turn around and pull off that underwear." Johnny screamed when the cold metal of Taco's gun barrel was shoved roughly up his ass. While laying bound and handcuffed on the dirty floor of the army truck Johnny cried softly and tears ran down his face marred with his own feces while the squad took him to his final destination.

expensive sex. (5, Funny)

Random_Goblin (781985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508481)

$14, million!

is that the most money paid for sex ever?

Re:expensive sex. (5, Funny)

rxmd (205533) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508523)

$14, million! is that the most money paid for sex ever?
It's like coitus interruptus for geeks, you pay $14 million for sex and all you get is a domain name.

Re:expensive sex. (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508858)

$14, million!

is that the most money paid for sex ever?


Wait for the Gates v. Gates divorce settlement.

Re:expensive sex. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14510687)

Think of all the Realdolls he could have bought!

Makes me wonder (0, Offtopic)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508482)

Seeing things like this in the news every so often makes me wonder how much some of the Domains I own would be worth like ups-sux.com heh I hate UPS. But at least someone is making a killing off the internet.

I think sex.com is a bit... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508484)

...too pricy for a site that doesn't even render right in opera. Good luck suckeeeerr!!!

Nice (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508485)

That must be a nice domain to have! What are the stats for "sex" in Google?

Re:Nice (-1, Offtopic)

William Robinson (875390) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508513)

That must be a nice domain to have

Yeah, and you could view all the p0rn for free.

P.S. By any chance, do they need moderators? I volunteer... I volunteer...

Is it really worth it? (4, Insightful)

broothal (186066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508487)

I wonder how many of these sites [google.com] they could get for $14 million

Re:Is it really worth it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508561)

Or better yet, how many of these sites [google.com] they could get for $14 million. Who the hell other than 12 years olds search for "sex" when looking for pornography?

Re:Is it really worth it? (2, Interesting)

shon (20200) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508578)

While these domains have nice search result rankings, there is a dependency on Google's ranking algorithm that decreases their value. They could just as easily be blasted to page 5 next month, who knows?

What you're overlooking is the type-in traffic that "sex.com" gets. You'd be surprised at how many people just type in random URLs into their browser. What's even more interesting is that most of the "search results" at parked domains are handled through Google, Yahoo, and smaller outfits like sedo.com. Having a simple URL like "cellphones.com" can earn you a decent living from just type-in traffic alone. This article at Business 2.0 reveals how these domainers [cnn.com] are making a killing from type-in traffic.

Here are the reportedly top selling domains of 2005 [dnjournal.com] .

Re:Is it really worth it? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508632)

Yeah, it's amazing the number of people who just type in URLs. But, I think they get a lot of wasted bandwidth because of it. They probably get a lot of traffic from people who don't bring them any revenue. Seriously, I don't know how porn makes any money with the amount of free stuff available.

Re:Is it really worth it? (1)

shon (20200) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508681)

You and I (well, at least just you :-) know where the good free porn is, but what about people in lesser developed countries or those coming online now? Seems to me that typing in sex.com into your URL bar is less risky to prying eyes and repressive governments. Just delete history/cookies and you're somewhat safe.

Search engines store way too much information about their users anyway.

Re:Is it really worth it? (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510370)

Seriously, I don't know how porn makes any money with the amount of free stuff available.

The same way most Open Source projects do: consulting fees! Who wouldn't pay Nicole from WeLiveTogether.com to do some "one-on-one consulting"?

Re:Is it really worth it? (1)

djp928 (516044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510396)

Which one is Nicole?

-- Dave

Re:Is it really worth it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14510435)

The blonde regular with big tits and perfect ass.

Re:Is it really worth it? (1)

CortoMaltese (828267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508640)

Is it really worth it?

Today they will think so. In a few days, when the /. traffic declines, they might reconsider.

Too easy (4, Insightful)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508515)

There are a plethora of jokes to be made at this point... I'll refrain. It's just amazing how much money there is to be made in the domain name game. When you think about it, what is a domain name? On the technical level, it's just something plugged into DNS servers so people don't have to remember IPv4 codes. But on the media side of things, your domain name is an attribute, you're billboard on the information superhighway. And when you think about it, how smart were some people when they registered the more obvious domains back at the start? And now they're reaping the rewards. Sex.com was just too obvious to pass up, and now it's worth $14 million. That's easy money.

Re:Too easy (1)

spectrumCoder (944322) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508579)

Two reasons why it fetched so high a price:

Most net users think along these lines - the shorter and snappier the domain name, the more it costs to buy. So surfers conclude that sites with short names (and a .com tag) are more likely to be half-decent professional operations than those with long domain names. It's a symbol of prestige.

They're buying traffic. Thousands of people looking for sex will type in www.sex.com every day (strange but true). They're buying traffic, no advertising required.

Business.com went for pretty much the same price.. (5, Funny)

gd23ka (324741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508517)

.. a few years ago. I wish I had registered shit,com, it wouldn't be worth crap today :-)

Re:Business.com went for pretty much the same pric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508737)

No, it was $7,500,000. This is almost twice as much.

fuck.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14509164)

Years ago, I did a whois on fuck.com and it was on some sort of "reserved" list (by request of an authority figure I believe [icann?]). Now I just whois'd it and it seems to belong to some guy in Croatia named Damir. Strange...

nmap shows smtp (filtered), http, and http-proxy (port 8080) on it now. Also, shit.com seems to be almost the exact same site, and both are hosted alongside ns1.hitfarm.com and ns2.hitfarm.com. Different ips though, and shit.com wouldn't yield to an nmap scan.

Wikipedia article (5, Informative)

SecState (667211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508538)

There's some background on the domain name here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex.com [wikipedia.org]

just wait (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508540)

as soon as they open up the *.sex domain, i'm buying

com.sex

muahahahahaha!

Re:just wait (1)

cosminn (889926) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509192)

As soon as they're coming with the .xxx domain I'm buying
 
  se.xxx
:)

Re:just wait (1)

Patik (584959) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510707)

Are you by any chance a Soviet Russian?

Sex is twice as important as Business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508559)

Sex.com sold for twice the price of Business.com (to Sky Dayton's eCompanies Venture Capital fund = 100% owned).

Coincidence? I think not!

Its all because of the idiots.. (2, Insightful)

JeepingNET (522361) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508572)

The funny thing is it totally makes sense for it to cost that amount... Think of how many 14 year old males and idiot computer users must type in sex.com. A part of business not many people like to admit but really does sell is selling to idiots. The sex industry is a billion dollar industry and while most of it is very legit the people making the big money is the damn reseller sites that don't even host their own adult content. They just link to others so by owning a site like sex.com you could make millions a year. Someone made reference however to how Google and others are now really changing the way URLs work and I have to agree. While sex.com is still a great buy I think the idiot who type in sex.com in their URL window will also be the type to put stupid stuff in Google and get back the same results. Now this is where google and other can are are helping. Back in the day you searched anything in a search engine and half the sites where either mislabeled or porn. I really do not find this much anymore and even if you type in sex you get 95% of the site returned to be heath sites. I applaud Google for this and while I'm not one for censorship or hiding porn I think this move is one for the good. As I had people making money off the dumb (or jealous..)

Re:Its all because of the idiots.. (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508860)

You have to realize that most of the people who pay for porn are the vast, unwashed, naive people. You and I know how much free porn there is out there, whether torrents of DVD rips or whatever else. The people who pay for it are... AOL users, for example.

Search engine traffic is great for conversion ratios in the online porn industry. But sex.com isn't even in the first 100 results when I google the word sex. For it to be worth that, it's gotta be the type-ins. That, and the simple notoreity factor.

Re:Its all because of the idiots.. (1)

THESuperShawn (764971) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509392)

While you make a good point, how much profit are you going to make from 14 yr old males online? They usually don't have credit cards.

Re:Its all because of the idiots.. (1)

the chao goes mu (700713) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510593)

The advertisers to whom you sell space don't know if the viewers are 14 or 40.

safe search (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509666)

even if you type in sex you get 95% of the site returned to be heath sites.

I think the reason you're seeing those results is that your google preferences have 'safe search' enabled. That's one mechanism they've implemented to achieve the effect you're describing.

Seth

Sex.com -- a sex superstore! (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508587)

Look at the front page! They have everything! Oh, wait. Except for links to other sites, there's just a page asking for your e-mail address with a statement that by giving them your address you're asking them to send you lots of e-mail.

Guess they've got to pay for that domain name somehow.

At Last! (3, Funny)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508610)

I hope they get their site up and running ASAP. I am desperate to find a supplier of those Viagra pills.

Re:At Last! (1)

mk_is_here (912747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509914)

You don't need to wait. Apply a hotmail a/c, and you will get a lot of information how to acquire those.

Alexa Rank...3,560 (2, Interesting)

xoip (920266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508623)

For what it's worth, the Alexa ranking [alexa.com] for Sex.com is 3,560.
If this is a benchmark, think of the value of any top ranked site like Business.com [alexa.com]

Re:Alexa Rank...3,560 (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509621)

Why can't I never get into that alexa page??? I only get a connection timed out error :-/

No link? (3, Informative)

SamSim (630795) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508629)

...And there's no link to sex.com [sex.com] in the story? Good grief.

February issue of Playboy (3, Funny)

mzs (595629) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508634)

There is an long article about sex.com in the current February issue of Playboy. I have not finished it yet, but it so far it is well written and interesting. There is also an interview with Al Franken that is more insightful than humorous. So pick-up the issue or check playboy.com, sometimes they have portions of articles there with no charge.

Re:February issue of Playboy (1)

ladyKae (945309) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508756)

theres words in playboy....!?!?!

Re:February issue of Playboy (2, Funny)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508821)

Something got you distracted so that you cannot finish the article? =)

Re:February issue of Playboy (1)

Peldor (639336) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509563)

Obviously your SO knows your /. id.

Re:February issue of Playboy (1)

Meniconi,Nando (666243) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510725)

Why is this moderated as Funny? The article is very well researched, which is quite a rarity given the subject matter and the state of investigative journalism. You should really read it, but it is not (yet?) available online.

what about the miss-spellings? (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508659)

I would have thought that the miss-spelt domain names of heavily used sites would be more valuable. But then, who miss-spells sex?

Re:what about the miss-spellings? (1)

THE ROCK (127208) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508690)

When you're only typing with one hand its easy to make mistakes.

Re:what about the miss-spellings? (1)

izomiac (815208) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508967)

Good think most people are right handed and S, E, and X are all next to each other on the left side of the (QWERTY) keyboard. Talk about good planning (although I'm hesitant to think of ways that might be useful with a typewriter).

Re:what about the miss-spellings? (1)

veeoh (444683) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508713)

its easy to spell it wrong when typing one handed....

Misspellings can be fought on trademark grounds (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508896)

It's not hard to get a misspelling domain like yaho.com or googel.com on trademark grounds. Generic words are where most of the big money is spent on domains these days. Check out DN Journal [dnjournal.com] to get a peek of what publicly announced domain sales are like these days. Plenty of 5-figures sales for the more generic terms.

Re:what about the miss-spellings? (1)

ggambett (611421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508934)

It's "sehks", dummy.

Wow. I wonder how much for... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14508899)

sax.com, six.com, and sux.com? Oh, what the hell -- even syx.com? Somebody must be able to do something interesting with that one too. I expect Sox.com must be owned by Major League Baseball or the Red Sox. Hmmm...

Sax.com is owned by a D. Miller in Malibu, California
Six.com is owned by some company (Xedoc Holding) in Luxembourg
sux.com is owned by ^!@#$@#$23! Damn. Almost spewed my drink over the computer monitor! ... Are you ready? Okay. The "Sydney UniX Club" of Sydney, Australia. That's ... rather unexpected :-)
syx.com is owned by "Syx E Business Solutions" in Norway

Strangely enough, sox.com isn't owned by the Boston Red Sox, as I would have expected. It is owned by a "William Boston" in Washington. That name is a weird coincidence, though.

The headline should've been: (5, Funny)

yellowstuff (142885) | more than 8 years ago | (#14508993)

Sex.com changes hands.

What's so great? (1)

LukePieStalker (746993) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509204)

This is too '90's for words. I remember when the term "cybersquatting" was coined, and domains like "furniture.com" and "syndicatednews.com" were making millions for their housewife or cab driver owners.

Really, though, what's the advantage of these generic names? Do you buy your books at books.com? I usually get mine at a place called Amazon. Do people (who actually pay for it) download their music from music.com, or iTunes? If, as another post pointed out, the importance of a domain is not in its use for browser navigation, but in the billboard/TV/magazine copy in which it appears, isn't it better to be unique and memorable?

*.xxx (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509207)

I can't help but wonder.
If the *.xxx domains ever come to life, what happens to sex.com ?

pr0n.xxx (4, Interesting)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509239)

I'm still suprised when the porn sites resist the .xxx domain. It seems to me it would put an end to the whining and moaning. Parents could just block *.xxx, and the porn companies could get on with their business and lay off a few of their legal staff. People could set up *.xxx only search engines. There's a world of possibilities here.

Re:pr0n.xxx (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509599)

Not neccesarily. The porn industry thrives on not just those that know they want adult content, but those that accidentally happen upon it. [insert joke here]. I think that the porn industry is just as guilty as the tobacco industry of desire to infiltrate peoples' homes and expose them to erotic material--this means those under the age of 18. I have no beef with the .xxx domain being created, but I doubt that there will be this mass abondonment of .com, .net, etc. domain names to claim the newly created territory, simply for the reasons you just stated.

No marketer in their right mind would close off a path from a lucrative market. In order for their machine to continue working, they have to get new customers of adult content.

Re:pr0n.xxx (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14511027)

I dunno... if people find a porn site accidently, are they someone who would normally seek it? Do the accidental porn tourists generally click away quickly? I'm not convinced of the value added there without some actual research data.

Re:pr0n.xxx (4, Insightful)

sfjoe (470510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14511137)


That solution will neither help people find porn nor stop the christians from whining about it. The problem isn't about segregating porn, but determinig what porn is. Are 18th century impressionist nudes porn? What about Playboy? Is graphical information about vaginal yeast infections porn? If we set up a system where all "porn" goes in the .xxx domain, then someone has to decide what is and is not required to go there. That "someone" is likely to be a Republican so that means all sex education material and anything relating to birth control or LGBT issues will be classified as porn and forced into the ghetto.

Internet Real Estate Legislation (1)

BrockH01 (914945) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509271)

It was interesting to read the following:
XBiz was able to locate information on the deal through a company called InternetRealEstate.com

I work for a bank here in the United States that offers traditional residential mortgages and commercial mortgages (warehouses and such). There is a ton of regulation that the government makes us comply with in regards to privacy, discrimination, etc.
My question is this: Does anyone out there have any experience with government regulations in regards to the selling of internet 'real estate'? Is this simply an ICANN regulated issue? I don't know if the two areas are similar at all, just kind of curious this morning :)

Playfullyclever at it Again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14509330)

From the submitters website:

"Yeah I'm starting up our slashvertising again, this time using the most playfully clever name ever created. It disguises me as one of the Slashbots so I can easily destroy them from the inside! More to come soon!"

19x.net (1)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509723)

I had 19x.net and I couldn't even get $50 for it. Feh.

Link is NSFW (2, Insightful)

Nick of NSTime (597712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14509753)

Come on, even Fark lets you know when a link is NSFW. Please put some kind of indicator there. I didn't notice the naked pictures until I finished reading the article.

Oh wait, there are two things wrong with that statement:

1. I read the article.
2. I read the article instead of looking at naked ladies.

Re:Link is NSFW (1)

banaanimies (944641) | more than 8 years ago | (#14511232)

sex.com NSFW? Bet you didn't see that one coming.

Research... (1)

neveragain4181 (800519) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510085)

I just spent the afternoon researching this one. If TCP packets have a color, I think it's pink.

The odd things that strike me about this deal is that people have been 'Googlelized', in that the new Domain name registery is effectively the search engines. You just type what you are looking for into Google(!), even grandma does it (nice image eh?).

What with also the impending .xxx thing meaning a devaluation of the sexy xyz.com's value, then this just makes it seem like a 'bragging rights' buy. Bad business.

Mind you, if you just spent 14 big ones on a domain name then you're probably hung like a mouse, and could do with all the help you can get...

NA

44 domains sold for $100K or more last year (1)

miller60 (554835) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510305)

While this deal is the biggest ever, there are plenty of top-dollar domain sales taking place these days. Check out the top sales of 2005 [dnjournal.com] over at Domain Name Journal and you'll find that at least 44 domains sold for more than $100,000 last year, including a blog domain (blogster.com) and even a typo (voyuer.com).

The list of highest all-time domain sales [multireg.com] is also interesting reading.

Geez, money maker, what? (1)

BrknSoul (653291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14510341)

Check out the wikipedia page from TFA. This Gary Kremen made around $65m from S M Cohen for fraud and another $20m from verisign for improperly transferring the domain. and now he's just got another $14m from Escom LLC. Not to mention all the revenue from the site itself.. this is one rich puppy...
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