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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
    Web,

    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!

    Bn
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    Re:Ben, I find you disturbing
    by Anonymous on Thursday January 30 2003, @04:47AM (#11054)
    I agree. Ben Edelman seems to have a need to "out" those who own lots of domains in controversial systems, as he did with the .WEB registrants. I remember reading about his drug use, and trying to get a fake visa to Russia.
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