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Notorious skin-flick master Max Hardcore goes limp over namesake dot-com
US government lets MaxHardcore.com domain lapse
Notorious blue-movie director Max Hardcore has decided he will not bid for his namesake dot-com, seven years after it was seized by the US government.
Hardcore – real name, Paul Little – had planned to win back the grabbed domain. "I'm gonna take it back! It's about damn time if you ask me," he told adult industry magazine Xbiz in December.
But a month later, and one day before the domain is due to be auctioned off, he changed his tune, explaining: "I'm already a million miles down the road. I'm moving forward with a positive attitude, and making the most of every day." Hardcore currently sells his material on a hyphenated version of the domain: Max-Hardcore.com.
Even though the non-hyphenated domain has lain fallow since 2008, it still receives a significant amount of traffic, making it an attractive prospect to domain investors. Currently there are 85 bids for it with the highest so far standing at $10,000.
What's make the case interesting is the fact that the domain was seized by the Department of Justice following Little's conviction on obscenity charges. The jury in the case decided that his domains should be taken as they were used in five of the ten charges he was convicted of - transporting obscene matter by use of an interactive computer service. He was allowed to keep his house but served 30 months of a 46-month sentence.
The domain was held by the US government and allowed to expire at the end of 2014. Since it's held by registrar Network Solutions, MaxHardcore.com automatically went to auction service NameJet.com.
Why the US government decided not to profit from its property is uncertain, although it's not hard to hazard a guess. ®