Article archive (2006)

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An archive of articles about from 2006.

Wed 18 Jan

The infamous and controversial domain has officially been sold to Boston-based Escom LLC for a reported $14 million, XBiz has learned. 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.

Fri 20 Jan

He may just have sold it for $14m, but the owner of the world's most valuable domain name, Gary Kremen, now intends to spend his time recovering the $65m he is still owed by the con-man who stole the domain 10 years ago.

Kremen sold to Escom for $14m on Wednesday but retains the technology he has built behind it since November 2000, plus a trademark for the name

It is also believed that Kremen has not sold the entire domain but only a majority holding in it, retaining a minority stake for himself.

Fri 20 Jan

Putting to rest any doubt that sex sells, the domain name was sold this week for $14 million, making it the most expensive domain name to be peddled in recent years.

The lucky buyer was Boston-based Escom, a company that keeps a low profile but runs a variety of racy adult entertainment sites.

Mon 23 Jan

Escom, LLC, today announced the acquisition of the domain name, from entrepreneur and Internet personality Gary Kremen, the CEO of Grant Media, LLC and founder of

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. It is believed to be among the most significant domain sale transactions in history. Financing for the acquisition was provided in part by Domain Capital LLC, a leader in thefinancing of Domain Names and Intellectual Property.

Fri 27 Jan

So you want to buy

Too late. What is arguably the most valuable piece of real estate on the Internet has been sold for a reported $12 million U.S. in cash and stock by San Diego website developer Gary Kremen.

Boston-based Escom LLC said in a news release this week it bought the catchy Web address and planned to turn it into "the market-leading adult-entertainment destination."

Wed 1 Feb

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Wed 1 Mar

Just about everyone in the domain business dreams of one day selling a name for enough money to retire on. A few weeks ago it happened for 42-year-old Gary Kremen. He sold in a cash and stock deal worth at least $12 million to fulfill a burning desire to be rich that dated all the way back to his high school days in Skokie, Illinois.

Thu 10 Aug

"I never stole it. He stole it!" cries Stephen Michael Cohen, pointing wildly at the man who had been chasing him for over a decade. "It was you guys who went into court and explained that there was some cockamamie list and therefore he was the owner. The name has always been mine." The cockamamie list referred to is the internet's most valuable document: a list of the owners of all the internet domain names ending with ".com".