Thursday, January 19, 2006 Sold to Escom LLC For $14M Sold to Escom LLC For $14M
By Gretchen Gallen
Wednesday, January 18, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO – 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.
While other terms of the acquisition remain unknown, XBiz was able to locate information on the deal through a company called, which shares office space in Boston with Domain Name Acquisition Group (DNAG), a company that was involved in a lawsuit surrounding the domain in September. is owned by Internet Real Estate Group LLC Partners, which has been involved in the acquisition, development and sale of domain names like for $7 million, for $2 million, for $3.5 million, and others such as,,, and
A principal of told XBiz that his company has nothing to do with Escom and has no affiliations with DNAG either, although the company President Andrew Miller and CEO Peter Hubshman were both named as defendants in the DNAG/ lawsuit and both names appear on the website.’s former name, Deal Jam LLC, also was named in the lawsuit, before it became known as Internet Real Estate Group.
The company principal said that while he was aware of the sale to Escom, he denied any affiliations between and the new owner of the domain name.
Prior to learning of the sale of, numerous adult industry message board postings had already begun speculating on the sale after noticing the radical change in the appearance of the website. On the homepage of the updated website, the new owners refer to the site as “the new,” and the appearance is radically different from the former site. The site is copyrighted by Escom.
Kremen has been shopping around the domain for the past year. In previous interviews with XBiz, he has expressed interest in getting out of the adult business.
The domain is still registered under Kremen's Grant Media company.