Domain names … with sexy results

Photograph of books at WH Smith, Gatwick Airport (South Terminal, airside)To match up with a similar photo on his blog, here’s a picture of Kieren McCarthy’s hot-off-the-presses book on the battle (by legal and other means) to secure control of the domain name sex.com (go ahead and click it, it’s just a search page!)

I’ve been waiting for this for a while, and following Kieren’s blog posts on the final writing, editing, cover and subtitle selection, etc – read all the posts in the relevant category here, or see the book’s website. It’s a fun book – very much for the casual reader, but clearly the product of detailed research – and I’m about two-thirds of the way through (I’ll add final thoughts in the comments when I’m done). This photo was taken at WH Smith in Gatwick. And the book will be launched on Monday. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Domain names … with sexy results

  1. I enjoyed the book. Kieren says that he has a longer version that he doesn’t think he could publish. I’d read it, but I’m always on the lookout for citeable texts – and the published version is more of a summary and an attempt to communicate a long, complex history than a comprehensive record. So yes, let’s have the Uncut Version for true believers.

    On the other hand, it’s perfectly pitched for use in teaching – for example, it would be very useful (in a Web policy issues or straightforward ‘computer law’ course) to have a case study on ‘what is a domain name’ – and assign (as a pair)

    – this book (or sections of it) as background reading : to explain the cultural, personal and legal backdrop to:
    – the 9th Circuit decision (a Kozinski special – Kieren, why did you not throw in a few lines about just how wacky and wonderful Judge K is (see here, here, here for examples)

    Also, it wouldn’t be a half bad idea to take the existing Wiki entries and replace them with bits of the book. Taken as a whole, the book is a good ‘record’ of events (which is meant as a compliment, given that there are no footnotes or references) and can thus be read as extended (but careful) quality journalism.

    So, yes, thumbs up to this. I’d have liked a little more law, but the other 99% of the market wouldn’t – and therefore, I think he gets the balance right.

  2. 12th at both Heathrow and Gatwick. I’m flying out of City later today, I’ll see if I can manage a rating there.

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I particularly enjoy the Kozinski links. His decision is I think a great example of a helpful crossover between law and the non-lawyer. My book, as you rightly point out, is more on the non-lawyer side.

    It was a conscious decision. There was a lot of law in the first draft and everyone except the lawyers felt it was too much. If the story has been less interesting, I’d have stuck with the more legal version. But as it is, the hope is to provide enough of the law to involve people without overwhelming them.

    Plus, at the end of the day, I’m a journalist and not a laywer – although I now understand the US legal system far, far better than the UK system, which is a big worrying.

    I’ll consider what to do with the longer more legal draft soon as I have a bit of time.

    All the best

    Kieren

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