is an autobiographical book which details how author Katie Tarbox was stalked and almost molested at age 14 by Frank Kufrovich, a pedophile and sexual predator whom she met on the Internet
. Her book was controversial for the legal troubles it generated, among other things. It was published in 2000
It was originally intended to name Tarbox's book Girl.com
until it was realised that the domain was already in use for an adult website, so Katie.com
was chosen instead. This was despite the fact that the domain
http://www.katie.com/ had been owned by Katie Jones
and used for her own personal homepage. Penguin Putnam
's decision to use the domain name as the book's title subsequently caused Ms. Jones a great deal of inconvenience by inaccurately associating her with Katie Tarbox and her story. Jones requested that Penguin stop using the domain as the book's title, but they ignored her pleas. Later, lawyer Parry Aftab
asked Ms. Jones to "donate" her domain name to "the cause." Jones refused and Penguin eventually retitled the book A Girl's Life Online
in August 2004.
As of 2008-05-28, the domain name katie.com seems to be up for auction, which (according to the site itself) finishes on 2008-05-29 at 14:00 EST.