Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Suppose you purchased a domain name in 1996 for your personal use called Katie.com. Suppose further that someone wrote a book based on the life of a girl name Katie who was molested:

The book, "Katie.com," chronicled the plight of Katherine Tarbox, a 13-year-old from Connecticut who struck up an online relationship with a man she believed was 23. He turned out to be a 40-year-old registered sex offender, and when she met him in a Houston hotel a couple of months later while in town for a swim meet, he molested her.

And, suppose further that the author decided to name the book Katie.com. The book, by the way, has been quite a success --but not for Katie Jones who owns the real katie.com Website.

With the book's release to critical and commercial success, Jones -- the real katie.com -- began receiving millions of e-mails a week to her katie@katie.com inbox.

You can read the full story on CNN.com, but you would think that either the author or publisher would have checked out whether katie.com was an actual site before using it for a book name.