Yesterday’s big news in the domain name industry was the domain name sale of Porno.com by the domain king Rick Schwartz for a sticky keyboard kind of stuck price of $8,888,888.88 . Yes, nearly 9 million dollars, all cash sale just for the domain name. So who are the buyers? Well, I’m going to write this as I dig for info, so here we go.

According to whois records, WGCZ S.R.O based in the Czech Republic. Two domains they use, WebGroup-Limited.com and Wgcz-sro.com but no websites reside on either domain.

Using some other data, they own a lot of adult related domain names and some of those include several that were recently purchased.

Swingers.com which according to whois records was likely purchased almost 2 years ago, on 2/3/2013. A whois record of Vlab Limited of Hong Kong is displayed on July 10, 2013 when the domain came out of escrow via Domain Systems / Moniker. An 11/04/2013 whois record then shows WGCZ s.r.o as the owners of the domain name.

Swinger.com which also according to whois records was likely purchased about June 14, 2013. A July 9, 2013 whois record again displays Vlab Limited before an 11/19/2013 whois record displays WGCZ s.r.o .

I do not recall either of those two domain names being publicly reported as sold, nor did a limited search on Google reveal anything to me. Considering both came out of “escrow” I think it’s fair to say they were not owned prior by WGCZ s.r.o . I tried a little digging on who Vlab Limited is of Hong Kong but couldn’t find much of anything or how they are connected to WGCZ s.r.o .

Vlab Limited does have a trademark on an adult site, XNXX.com and is filed under NKL Associates S.R.O

XXX.com shows WGCZ s.r.o in whois records on 11/15/2013 coming out of privacy protection when the domain was transferred to GoDaddy on 7/2/2013. The whois address for XXX.com and XNXX.com are basically the same.

FreePorn.com has very similar whois records activity as Swingers.com and Swinger.com . The domain went into went into Domain Systems Escrow on 2/4/2013 and came out of escrow providing another name before going to Vlab Limited and then WGCZ s.r.o . That name is:

Stephane Pacaud kryzalyd@gfx.xnxx.com
UNIT-B DE LA CRUZ APARTMENT
BLK-2 LOT-25 VILLA AMPARO SUBD.
IMUS CAVITE
PH
4103
PH

Another connection to the above name is on the domain SuckMeOff.com which dates back to 2007 showing:

Administrative Contact [392452]:
Malorie Pacaud xnxxdomains@gmail.com
Le Fief Perrot
St Martin de commune
FR
71490
FR
Phone: +33.677954314

So now we have Philippines, Prague Czech Republic, France and Hong Kong

To note, FreePorn.com sold in 2008 via Moniker for $4 Million. That sale came out of escrow on 2/24/2008 and for a short time after showed Greencove Services LTD as the owners, so it is very unlikely that WGCZ s.r.o was the buyers at that time. So even though the “FreePorn.com” domain sale ranks as one of the highest reported domain sales of all time at $4 Million, it very likely sold again and for more than the $4 Million reported in 2008.

Chicks.com WGCZ s.r.o appears to have been purchased, again in 2013. The domain came out of privacy protection on 11/25/2013 and a DNS change from anything.com to the serverstack.com used still today.

The nameservers ns1.serverstack.com holds 2,254 domain names, many of which are owned by WGCZ s.r.o / Webgroup-Limited

Ant.com is also owned by WebGroup-Limited.com according to whois records. They also have the name of Ant.com LTD and domain records show this based in Hong Kong.

Several domains owned by WGCZ s.r.o currently have “links”… like Mess.com, Nipples.com, BigOnes.com and more were owned by Scott Enterprises Ltd. of Anything.com . This could be a connection but is likely the result of a “portfolio” type sale that took place around July 5, 2013.

So… WebGroup-Limited appears to be pretty “new” 2014. WGCZ s.r.o is also fairly “new” 2013. When wgcz-sro.com was registered, another link came into play. copypaste-limited.com email address was used.

CopyPaste Limited owned the trademark for Xvideos and the trademark is now owned by WGCZ S. R. O.

HKWD Limited owned the trademark for Vidz.com and is now owned by WGCZ S.R.O.

XNXX.com is a common link and potentially “where it all started”. Stephane Pacaud is listed in whois dating all the way back to 2003 when he used the email address xnxx-pics.com. XNXX.com is currently listed under NKL S.R.O. in whois. It has also held the WGCZ S.R.O., Vlab Limited, Malorie Pacaud as well as Stephane Pacaud names in whois records over the years.

So based on my findings, I would think that Stephane Pacaud has a large stake in WebGroup-Limited / WGCZ s.r.o. and it all appears to have started with xnxx-pics.com which was registered on 1/6/2001.

About Jamie Zoch

Jamie Zoch is a domain investor, dad and dedicated husband who founded DotWeekly.com in 2008 to bring unique and helpful views on domain names. Jamie is very passionate about domain names and helping others learn and prosper.

7 Responses to Porno.com, More On The Buyers WGCZ S.R.O.
  1. great articles france and Eastern countries have a big adult intertainment industry those domain names are selling for big numbers gambling domain names are also selling for huge numbers the next big thing could be cryptocurrency if people around the world start using them

  2. Great investigative work Jamie. Porn industry is a very big market in central and eastern Europe ( Czech Republic , Poland, Germany, … ) so names like this ( porno is widely used term in those markets even more than porn ) so congrats to the Rick and also to the buyer. Hope this will all help us out in 2015 when we refer to related sales 😉 .

  3. So basically the sale could have surpassed that of sex.com with a bit of further negotiations.

    • @Acro,
      I did see an unverified report that the initial offer was $7 Million. They did spend a lot of money in 2013, so it’s hard to say what cash flow looks like now, but if they are dropping $8.9 Million on Porno.com, they are likely doing very well. Could it have sold for more than Sex.com, yes it could have.

  4. According to XNXX trademark registration on USPTO, the holder is: Vlab Limited LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY HONG KONG 3/F, 65 Wyndham Street Central District HONG KONG. I speculate the business in mainly held in Hong Kong.

    • @KC,
      I did state in my article “Vlab Limited does have a trademark on an adult site, XNXX.com and is filed under NKL Associates S.R.O”. Justia shows the “current trademark holder” as NKL Associates S.R.O. but also includes the VLab Limited as the “1st owner” and original owner. NKL Associates S.R.O. is listed as the 2nd owner. https://trademarks.justia.com/857/31/xnxx-com-85731486.html Hard to say where the business is mainly held but it would appear Prague Czech Republic as that is what most whois details show on domains.

  5. … and they are the owners of gaming sites as y8.com that were investigated by FBI…
    hmmmm…
    http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703904304575497903523187146


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