Sex sells, right? And that is true when it comes to domain names, and in particular the domain name sex.com, which reportedly just sold for $13 million.
Adult content always has been at the monetary forefront of technological advances. Still photography long ago, video recordings later, and online images/action more recently all began with people willing to pay for sexually oriented material.
Domain names obviously are important, in that they draw Internet traffic from search engines to particular Web sites. Domain names that include trademarks are valuable to the trademark holders who hope to benefit from their brand and the goodwill associated with their trademarks. And the Anti-Cyber Squatting Consumer Protection Act allows trademark holders to seek relief from others who improperly include the trademarks of the trademark holders in specific domain names. And domain names that contain generic terms like "bank" or "loan" also can have tremendous value, if those common terms are frequently used in search engines and bring Internet traffic to domain names that incorporate those terms.
Thus, not surprisingly, the generic and valuable domain name sex.com has had a very interesting history, which has included various legal and financial proceedings. And now the most recent owner of sex.com, Escom LLC, has sold the domain name to Clover Holdings Ltd. for the aforementioned tidy sum of $13 million, according to The Register.
It remains to be seen (if you want to see) what becomes of sex.com and the content that will be posted on the site. The term "sex" reportedly is the most searched term on the Internet, so undoubtedly the domain name will generate tremendous Internet traffic going forward.