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Rob Reed
Sex.com Domain Dispute
1/4/03, 12:41am
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A year ago, a man sued another for "hijacking" the sex.com domain name.

Apparently, the "hijacker" wrote a letter to domain registrar Verisign, claiming ownership of the domain, and without much investigation - apparently - Verisign went through with the transfer,

Plaintiff sued. Wins 60+ million. Defendant flees to Mexico.

Before the 9th Circuit appellate court is the question of whether one can present the tort of "conversion" in the context of a domain name, when "conversion" requires possession of a tangible object that is taken away.

As domain names are intangible, the element is not easily met.

The 9th circuit punted, requesting that the California Supreme Court make the decision.

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