The Bizarre Story of

By Clive Python | 14jammar

In October of 1995, Gary Kremen, best known for founding, registered with Network Solutions, but he did not develop the site as he focused on growing

In 1995, Network Solutions transferred - without permission - the domain to Stephen M. Cohen, who had been trying to get control of the URL for some time now by misrepresentation, using phone calls, e-mails and forged letters. Interestedly, in the 1980's Cohen operated a paid-membership BBS known as the "French Connection" that was geared toward swinging and other sexual topics. In the late 80's he organized swinger get-togethers at a home in Orange County, California. In 1990, he was arrested for operating a sex club in a residential zone; but was found not guilty by a jury verdict, but we're getting off topic here.

After he misrepresented Gary Kremen, he would eventually persuaded an employee of Network Solutions to change the ownership details by submitting a fake fax from Kremen's company Online Classified, fraudulently stating that Kremen had been dismissed and the firm was abandoning the domain and that Cohen could have it.

Network Solutions blindly accepted the fax with no verification and transferred the domain to Cohen, by doing this, Kremen would later use this against Network Solutions in a civil suit.

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After he gained control of the domain, Cohen started an advertising-heavy site that received up to 25 million hits a day. With help from payments for click-throughs and other advertising, Cohen was reportedly making $50,000 to $500,000 per month. Kreman would undertake steps to recover the URL, while Cohen claimed he obtained the domain legally from Online Classifieds (OCI). A five-year legal battle would be ensured, led by cyberlawyer Charles Carreon

In November of 2000, Kreman won the battle, Network Solutions was ordered to return the domain to him. According to the court record of Kremen v. Cohen, Cohen was ordered to pay $25 million into court in April 2001, the California District Court awarded Kremen an additional $40 million for lost earnings, for a total judgment of $65 million.

Cohan would appeal the judgment and refused to allow assessment of his business: He provided false information and declared most of his companies bankrupt while illegally moving assets out of US jurisdiction. When an arrest warrant was put on Cohan's head, he would flee to Mexico

Kremen offered a $50,000 reward for information about Cohen, but Cohen remained at large while continuing to file appeals that were rejected. In October 2005, Cohen was arrested in Tijuana, Mexico for immigration violations, and was handed over to US authorities.

Kremen settled his lawsuit against Network Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

Cohen would be released from custody on the 5th of December 2006, by Chief Judge James Ware.

Cohen would continue to avoid paying the $67 million judgment and claimed poverty. The courts would find in favour of Kremen since 2006, with evidence that seven individuals and twelve companies were used to help Cohen hide the money, including his brother, his daughter, his ex-wife and also his former lawyer. A court case against his brother is currently ongoing.

In May 2012, was relaunched by Clover Holdings LTD in May of 2012, for p-p-p-porn.


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Written by Clive "James" Python, 02/10/17.*/*