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    Ben, I find you disturbing
    by Web on Wednesday January 29 2003, @05:25PM (#11052)
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    Ben, I find you disturbing.

    I'm sorry, but I do, and always have found you to be a very disturbing individual. You're on some kind of power trip and like to insinuate wrong-doing. You are a lawyer-type and won't commit to a definitive declaration, no doubt.

    You state that the guy has sexually explicit material on his website, as if that matters, as if that was illegal. Your thought-policiing mindset has reared its ugly head more than once, so I don't think I am jumping on you unjustifiably. No doubt, this is when yo say, "I merely wanted to state the facts in an objective, clinical manner and didn't intend to impugn any reputation or imply any wrong-doing. You've slithered away like this before, but you're full of shit.

    If it is meaningless information, let it go. For that matter, the popups and all that, that the guy's site includes.....What is your POINT, Ben? Is that illegal to? I don't use popups, and I hate them, but do you have some kind of ax to grind?

    I think it is clear that you do.

    Look man, go out on Saturday nights and drink a beer or two.
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    by BenEdelman on Wednesday January 29 2003, @08:30PM (#11053)
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    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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