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07|22|2011 03:27 pm EDT

Domain Name Thief Sentenced to 5 years

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

Back in November of 2009, Daniel Goncalves was indicted on charges that he had stolen the domain name p2p.com from domain name investor Marc Ostrofsky and Albe and Leslie Angel.  The details of the case and investigation were docmented in a story on DNN published in August 2009.

Although there have been other notable cases of domain names being stolen, most notable being Sex.com, this news marks the first time an individual has been arrested, prosecuted and sentenced for a domain name theft.

According to the whois the domain p2p.com is now back in the Albe’s hands.  The domain name had been stolen and sold to a third party, NBA star Mark Madsen.  Madsen purchased the domain name in September of 2006 from Goncalves on Ebay for $150,000.

Goncalves plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced today in Superior Court Judge Stuart Piem in Union County, New Jersey.

In talking to the Albes in 2009 it was clear a lot of effort went in to tracking down this criminal and making the case stick. The diligent effort by the victims over the course of 5 years is notable enough, and I know that they agree that it took a team effort. Domain professionals Richard Lau, Ellen Rony and Josh Pelissero, as well as cyber-crime law enforcement effort by Detective Sergeant John Gorman and prosecutor Kenneth Sharpe led this case to the successful resolution.

Full press release available here.

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5 Comments

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Guy

July 22, 2011 @ 5:43 pm EDT

this is good that recognised as a crime and hopefully will help protect our assets better. also banks etc. might wake up to realise domains are a true asset class

however truth is, 5 years is very harsh when you consider violent offenders and sex offenders get less! they are the real scum
i am glad a custodial sentence was meted out but again i think he has been made an example of
the slime that steal domains are normally undetectable though and from far flung corners of the world so not sure if it will stop them
you can hope

Jersey Guy

July 26, 2011 @ 8:56 am EDT

Feel bad for his kid and wife…but not for him, deserved what was coming for him and should have known better. If his skillset was used elsewhere he could have had a great job in the computer world, not hiding behind a fake one.

He will be someone’s girlfriend in Rahway for the next 5 years; and then never get a job when he gets out due to this being on his record. Restitution huh, that will never be paid in full.

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