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    Lawsuits and Judicial Decisions Zuccarini "Typosquatting" Continues, Notwithstanding Injunction
    posted by michael on Wednesday January 29 2003, @01:21PM

    BenEdelman writes "ICANNWatch readers may remember prior mention of an FTC case challenging domain registrations by John Zuccarini. Most of Zuccarini's registrations are typographic variations on well-known names; Zuccarini makes it difficult to exit his sites due to pop-up ads and other features that obstruct the ordinary functioning of the Back and Close commands; Zuccarini's domains provide sexually-explicit content. For all these reasons, in May 2002 the US federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a permanent injunction barring Zuccarini from these behaviors.

    Nonetheless, in recent research, I have documented that Zuccarini's 5000+ registrations remain operational -- still providing sexually-explicit content, still discourating exit, and still reflecting small variations on the strings of other domain names."

    "My Large-Scale Registration of Domains with Typographical Errors documents the specific names registered by Zuccarini, as well as key details about each. I have also developed a system to let interested Internet users describe the connections between Zuccarini's "typosquatting" domains and the well-known domain names from which many of his domains are derived. I hope ICANNWatch readers will contribute to this system, and with the benefit of your submissions I hope to send notification about Zuccarini's activities to the registrants of the domains targeted by his registrations.

    Ben Edelman
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    Harvard Law School"

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    Use Mozilla...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Thursday January 30 2003, @09:44AM (#11057)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    The Mozilla web browser lets you disable popups, and is also immune to some of the other dirty tricks that sites attempt... use it, and you'll find your browsing experience is much more pleasant.
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    Ben, are you working for the FTC
    by strandanzug on Saturday February 01 2003, @12:43AM (#11068)
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    The thing I find most interesting about this is how you were able to obtain a list of domain names owned by John Zuccarini.

    Specificaly a list of names registered by him after the ftc case was closed.

    Some of the names you mentioned in your article were registered after the ftc case was closed so you could not have gotten those new names from reading their lawsuit, if in fact the ftc lawsuits contains a list of domains owned by John Zuccarini

    Other than crawling John Zuccarini's server, I can't imagine how you would obtain such a list.

    I am going to guess that John Zuccarini has his server pretty well fortified, but I have recently read that the ftc is using a very expensive software program that is able to crawl servers that other software cannot.

    To obtain such a list, I believe it would have to be done in one of two ways.

    1. You crawled the server of John Zuccarini


    2. You are working with the ftc and they supplied you with the information you have posted here and have in fact posted such information as part of an agreement with the ftc in order to obtain information about John Zuccarini.

    Can you tell us how you obtained a list of domain names owned by John Zuccarini.

    Can you confirm or deny that you have obtained a list of names owned by John Zuccarini from the ftc that is not available to the general public.
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    The Point
    by BenEdelman on Wednesday January 29 2003, @08:30PM (#11053)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman

    I take your comment to ask what the point is of this study. Why should anyone care one bit? As you point out, lots of people have domains with sexually explicit content, many of them with popups too.

    But your message misses two important further characteristics of Mr. Zuccarini's registrations:

    1) That many of Zuccarini's registrations are typographical variations on well-known marks. There's lots of policy to think through -- whether the Cartoon Network's rights in "cartoonnetwork.com" extend to "cartoonneetwork.com" not to mention "cartoonmryeptl.com" (that's cartoon network with each letter in the latter word shifted one letter to the right on a standard US keyboard) and thousands of other variations.

    2) That a court of (arguably) competent jurisdiction enjoined -- prohibited! -- precisely these behaviors. Now, this wouldn't be the first time that someone ignored an order from a federal court, and I don't mean to suggest that the court is powerless to enforce its will. But when a court issues an order, and substantial prohibited behavior continues months later, there's cause for inquiry.

    All that's to say -- I think this is an interesting situation, and one worth looking at.

    As to implying wrong-doing: The FTC has made some strongly-worded allegations, and the court ruled in favor of the FTC and against Zuccarini. My implications, such as they might be, pale in comparison!

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    drugs & visa
    by BenEdelman on Thursday January 30 2003, @07:52AM (#11056)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    That must have been a different Ben Edelman! A quick Google search references http://www.exile.ru/letters/sic92.html [exile.ru] -- but that's not me. I've never been to Russia, nor ever tried to go. Though several other people share my name -- a student at Cornell, a Usenet poster who closely follows pro baseketball, etc.
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    Registrations by Registry/Registrar Staff
    by BenEdelman on Friday January 31 2003, @09:24AM (#11065)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    I've never gotten into this topic -- missed the boat on it, basically -- but I agree that it's potentially of interest.

    Whenever anyone suggests that I examine registrations by particular individuals or groups, I always ask for a few example domains. With those examples, it's sometimes (though not always) possible to find quite a few more domains by the same registrants. That's what I'd need to move forward here. As far as I'm concerned, it's fine to post examples here or to send them to me by email (edelman@law.harvard.edu).
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