Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Porn company buys Senate site

By Travis James Tritten
Enquirer Columbus Bureau

        COLUMBUS — Ohioans surfing the Web for information on the state Senate may get porn instead.

        The Senate's former Internet site was purchased by a California company that has been using it to advertise adult material.

        Lawmakers are now in negotiations to buy back the site from LanLA, a Beverly Hills company that purchased it in February and began posting pictures of scantily dressed woman and advertisements for other adult material.

        Negotiations began after the Senate found it had no legal grounds for a challenge.

        The Senate is the latest target of pornography distributors who have taken over other notable Web sites, such as the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's former site.

        The company was able to take control of the site because Inter net addresses are similar to telephone numbers and cannot be owned. Users pay a fee to register an address for a period of time.

        The Senate moved to a new site, in October 2000, but LanLA picked up the former site when the registration expired in February.


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