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Approved: JOSEPH V. De MARCO.

Assistant United States Attorney.


United States Magistrate Judge.

Southern District of New York.

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JOHN ZUCCARINI, : 18 U.S.C. 2252B(b).




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ROBERT FRATERRIGO, being duly sworn, deposes and says.

That he is a Postal Inspector of the United States Postal.

Inspection Service ("USPIS"), and charges as follows:.


(Misleading Domain Names On The Internet).

1. From at least on or about May 19, 2003, to at.

Least on or about August 7, 2003, in the Southern District of.

New York and elsewhere, JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant,.

Unlawfully and knowingly used a misleading domain name on the.

Internet to deceive a minor into viewing material that is.

Harmful to minors, to wit, JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant, as.

Reflected in Exhibit A to this Complaint, registered and used.

Misspellings and variations of the Internet Web site domain.

Names for Web sites primarily of interest to minors, in order to.

Deceive minors into viewing, among other things, photographic.

Depictions of nudity and sexual intercourse depicted on those.

Web sites.

(Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252B(b).1).

1 Enacted Apr. 30, 2003, Pub. L. 108-21, Title V, 521(a).

I. Introduction.

2. I am a Postal Inspector with the United States.

Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and have been a Postal.

Inspector since 1994. Since in or about 1999, I have.

Specialized in the investigations of crimes involving the.

Improper use of computers, computer systems, and the Internet..

Based upon my training as a Postal Inspector, and my experience.

Investigating computer and Internet crimes, I am familiar with.

Several of the means by which individuals use computers and the.

Internet to commit various criminal offenses. Because this.

Affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose of.

Establishing probable cause, I have not included every detail of.

Every aspect of the investigation. Rather, I have set forth.

Facts in order to establish probable cause to arrest JOHN.

ZUCCARINI, the defendant. In addition, the information.

Contained in this Affidavit is based upon conversations with.

Other government officials, including attorneys and.

Investigators employed by the Federal Trade Commission; my.

Review of various arbitration panel decisions and court.

Opinions; sworn deposition testimony from various civil actions.

To which ZUCCARINI was a party; and my personal observations and.

Knowledge. Unless specifically indicated otherwise, all.

Conversations and statements described in this Affidavit are.

Related in substance and in part only.

II. The Internet and The Domain Name Registration System.

3. Based on my training and experience, as well as.

Various publications that I have read, I know that the Internet.

Is an immense worldwide computer network used by millions of.

Individuals daily. In addition, I am aware that The World Wide.

Web (the "Web") is a hypertext-based computer system that.

Facilitates the ability to find and access information on the.

Internet through Web sites. Many businesses and entertainment.

Celebrities use Web sites to advertise, promote, and provide.

Information about themselves. Typically, a person who wishes to.

View an Internet Web site installs a computer modem and computer software called a Web Browser on their computer, and types the Web sites Uniform Resource Locator (colloquially referred to as the Web sites domain name), in the address bar of their Web Browser. Based on my experience using the Internet, I am aware that a Web Sites domain name will often be the name (or an abbreviation of the name) of the entity maintaining the Web Site preceded by www. and followed by a suffix indicating the type of entity maintaining the Web site - for example, .com for businesses, .org for organizations, or .gov for governmental entities.

4. Based on materials I have read, I am aware that.

Persons and entities who wish to maintain a Web site on the.

Internet must register the Web sites domain name with one of.

Several companies, known as Internet Registrars. These Internet.

Registrars are authorized to register Internet domain names by a.

Corporation known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Based on materials I have read, I am aware that Internet Registrars often charge a yearly (or biyearly) fee to the registrant for the exclusive use of a.

Particular domain name by that registrant. Examples of Internet.

Registrars include Nominalia and Joker, two Internet Registrars.

Used by JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant..

5. Based on conversations I have had with Federal.

Trade Commission officials, I am aware that ICANN has adopted a.

Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP), enforced by.

Approved dispute resolution service providers accredited by.

ICANN, to arbitrate disputes among persons concerning domain.

Names. In addition, based on conversations I have had with.

Federal Trade Commission officials, as described more fully.

Below, I am aware that federal laws provide for certain civil.

Remedies where domain names are registered that may infringe.

Upon trademarks.

III. Initial Investigation.

6. On or about November 25, 2002, I met with a.

Lawyer and two investigators assigned to the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Marketing Practices, of the Federal Trade Commission (collectively, the FTC Officials). The FTC Officials informed me that they had recently brought a civil.

Enforcement action against JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant,.

Alleging that he had violated federal law by engaging in unfair.

And deceptive practices. Specifically, the FTC Officials.

Informed me that ZUCCARINI had registered thousands of domain.

Names which consisted of slight variations (e.g., transposed.

Letters, misspellings, etc.) of popular domain names, and that.

ZUCCARINI was using these domain names to generate advertising revenue from advertisers for pornographers, among others, who paid ZUCCARINI to direct Internet users to their Web sites. As the FTC Officials described it, whenever an Internet user typed a domain name registered by ZUCCARINI in the address bar of their browser, they were barraged with a series of.

Advertisements many of which were for pornographic web sites.

- and found it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to exit.

From these Web sites without shutting down their computer.2 As.

Described more fully below, ZUCCARINI has engaged in the.

Practice of registering misleading domain names with the.

Knowledge that his activities cause confusion and deception.

Among Internet users, and with knowledge that his activities.

Violate the rights of holders of existing domain names..

7. According to the FTC Officials, the FTC had.

Received numerous complaints from consumers who, through.

Misspellings or typographical errors, had inadvertently accessed.

Web sites controlled by JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant, and had.

Unwittingly found themselves barraged by advertisements for,.

Among other things, Web sites offering pornography. The FTC.

Officials informed me that ZUCCARINI had (1) been engaged in the business of registering mispellings of common Internet domain names on a large scale for many years; (2) had been the subject of numerous legal actions brought by the registrants of Internet domain names associated with legitimate products and services;.

And (3) had been permanently enjoined from this practice by the.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of.

Pennsylvania following a civil action by the FTC against.

ZUCCARINI. The FTC Officials further informed me that.

2 Based on articles and court opinions that I have read, I.

Am aware that this practice of preventing Internet users from.

Exiting a Web site or Web page is often referred to as.

mousetrapping. Typically, when an Internet user is.

mousetrapped, he or she finds that many common Internet.

Commands do not function properly. For example, rather than.

Returning the user to the previous Web page, hitting the back.

Button command will launch the opening of new Web pages..

Similarly, hitting the close button command may also open new.

Web pages. Moreover, even when an Internet user does nothing,.

New Web pages may open, barraging the user with images and data.

They did not intend to receive. Often, the only way for the.

User to exit this cyber-maze is for them to shut off their.

Computer, thereby potentially losing any unsaved data on their.

Computer. According to FTC officials, JOHN ZUCCARINI, the.

Defendant, combined mousetrapping techniques with other.

Programming tactics to bombard consumers with unwanted.

Advertisements for, among other things, pornography..

ZUCCARINIs whereabouts were unknown; that ZUCCARINI had no.

Known legal address; and that ZUCCARINI had a history of failing.

To respond to complaints and deposition notices and of evading.

Attempts at service of process by federal marshals. The FTC.

Officials informed me that, according to testimony in prior.

Civil actions, by his own admission ZUCCARINI (1) was aware that.

Many of his domain names consisted of the misspellings of domain.

Names specifically associated with Web sites which appealed to.

Minors, and (2) earned between $800,000 and $1,000,000 per year.

In advertising revenue from using misleading Internet domain.

Names. The FTC Officials provided me with various court.

Filings, affidavits, and related exhibits prepared by them in.

Their enforcement action against ZUCCARINI, together with a CD.

Which recorded the observations of an FTC investigator when s/he.

Accessed several Internet domain names registered by ZUCCARINI.


8. Consumer Complaints.

As noted above, based on my conversations with FTC.

Officials, I am aware that numerous individuals complained to.

The FTC about the practices of JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant,.

Concerning his registration and use of domain names that were.

Misspellings of existing domain names, as well as about being.

mousetrapped in Web sites controlled by ZUCCARINI. In.

Addition, I am aware that numerous legitimate Web site operators.

Received complaints from Internet users who accidentally.

Accessed Web sites controlled by JOHN ZUCCARINI which were.

Similar to their Web site; in some cases, the complainants.

Erroneously believed that the legitimate Web site was promoting.

Pornography. For example, I have reviewed an e-mail sent to.

Yahoo! officials from a person (the Parent) whose 13 year-old.

Daughter inadvertently misspelled the domain name for a Web site.

Associated with an e-mail service offered by Yahoo!. In that email,.

The Parent wrote:.

My 13 y.o. daughter has a Yahoo e-mail account, and.

Using a tip from a friend attempted to get into her email.

Faster today by typing This.

Took her straight to a porn site  which had a 3 This CD was produced using a software known as Camtasia.

Studio which I know to be computer software which can be used.

To record on CD (for later replay and analysis) the images on a.

Computer screen as that computer accesses various Web pages of an Internet Web site. different address when it opened. I think at a minimum you have a trademark infringement being used to lure the unsuspecting to a porn site. We are upset.

At how easily this error occurred. I hope you are able to do something about this.

Another e-mail which I reviewed, dated March 24, 1999, and sent.

To Yahoo! officials from a user who worked in an Internetrelated.

Business stated:.

Im upset - and Im in the industry - so I.

Understand if you make a mistake my young.

Daughter wanted to find out about travel in Europe.

This summer so I suggested YAHOOTRAVEL.4 She typed. and got PORNO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im.

Very disappointed, I expect more from Yahoo..

Based on a report of UDRP proceedings brought by Yahoo! against ZUCCARINI which I have reviewed, I am aware that the two Web sites discussed above were registered to, and controlled by, ZUCCARINI.

9. UDRP Rulings Against ZUCCARINI.

In addition to the consumer complaints set forth.

Above, I am aware that numerous Web site operators have brought UDRP actions against JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant,.

Individually, or under various aliases and d/b/a names used by.

ZUCCARINI, in various arbitration proceedings. Specifically, I.

Am informed by FTC officials that approved dispute resolution.

Service providers (the panels) found against ZUCCARINI in 98.

Of approximately 100 proceedings. As a result, according to FTC.

Officials, ZUCCARINI was ordered to transfer the domain names at.

Issue in these actions to the legitimate domain name holder.


4 In the course of my investigation, I learned that Yahoo.

Does maintain a travel-related Web site, but that it's domain.

Name is

5 E.g., Dow Jones & Co., Inc. v. Zuccarini, Case No..

D2000-0578 (WIPO Aug. 28, 2000) (It is plain that Zuccarini.

Registered and has used the two domain names solely for the.

Purpose of trading on the global reputation of THE WALL STREET.

JOURNAL, taking advantage of the tendency of Internet users to.

Misspell.. and thus to profit from his own sales of.

10. In the course of my investigation, I personally.

Reviewed approximately twenty of the UDRP arbitration decisions.

Referred to above. In these decisions, the panels found that.

(1) ZUCCARINI had registered a domain name that was identical,.

Or confusingly similar, to a trademark or service mark in which.

The complainant had legitimate rights; (2) ZUCCARINI had no.

Rights or legitimate interests in the domain name he had.

Registered; and (3) ZUCCARINI had registered, and was using, the.

Victims domain name in bad faith. In reviewing these.

Decisions, I learned that numerous of these actions involved.

Disputes concerning Web sites that relate to topics of interest.

To minors.6 In addition, several decisions rendered against.

ZUCCARINI (or one of the companies through which he does.

Business), which I reviewed specifically noted the recidivist.

Nature of ZUCCARINIs conduct. Furthermore, I have reviewed two.

UDRP actions in which the arbitration panel specifically noted.

That ZUCCARINIs activities promoted advertisements for.

Pornographic Web sites.7 In addition, as described more fully.

Advertising and from links to other websites..It is.

Crystal clear that he registered thousands of domain names.

Because they are confusingly similar to others famous marks or.

Personal names  and thus are likely misspellings of those names.

 in an effort to divert internet traffic to his sites..

Zuccarini has without question acted in bad faith in registering.

And in using [these names].).

6 For example, actions were brought against ZUCCARINI (or.

Entities controlled by him) by Disney Enterprises, Inc.,.

Lucasfilm Ltd. (which owns a domain name associated with the.

Movie Star Wars), Paws, Inc. (which owns a domain name.

Associated with the cartoon character Garfield), Primedia,.

Inc. (which owns a domain names associated with Seventeen.

Magazine), Time Warner Entertainment, Inc. (which owns a domain.

Names associated with Harry Potter, Looney Tunes and Scooby.

Doo), and United Feature Syndicate (which owns a domain name.

Associated with the cartoon character Dillbert).

7 America Online, Inc. v. Zuccarini, Case No. D2000-1495.

9WIPO Jan. 22, 2001) ([o]ne of the disputed domain names..

Directs Internet users to pornographic websites); Yahoo!, Inc..

V. Cupcake Patrol, Case No. D2000-0928 (WIPO Sep. 29, 2000) (On.

At least one occasion, fully acknowledged by [Zuccarini], one of.

Below, I am aware that in at least two depositions in lawsuits.

Brought against ZUCCARINI, parties in those actions complained.

To ZUCCARINI about the fact that his Web sites advertised for.

Pornographic Web sites.

11. Court Actions Against ZUCCARINI.

In addition to the UDRP rulings referred to above, I.

Have reviewed various materials, including depositions and.

Testimony from court actions brought against JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant, relating to his practice of registering misleading.

Domain names. These actions include: Shields v. Zuccarini,.

2000-CV-00494 (E.D.Pa.) (Shields); Maxim v. Zuccarini, 00 Civ..

2104 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y.) (Maxim); and Electronics Boutique.

Holdings Corp. v. Zuccarini, 00 Civ. 4055 (E.D.Pa.).

(Electronics Boutique), and are discussed below..

In the Shields action, in a deposition conducted on.

February 23, 2000, ZUCCARINI admitted, in substance and in part,.


I. he was in the business of.

Advertising for Web sites maintained by other.


I. he conducts business under the.

Names Cupcake City, Cupcake Patrol, Cupcake.

Movies, Cupcake Show, among others;.

I. he selected the domain names he.

Registered because they were misspelled versions.

Of existing Web sites;.

I. he engaged in this activity.

Without the permission or authorization of the.

Operators of the existing Web sites;8.

[Zuccarinis] Websites was routing Yahoo! traffic to a porno.


8 I have also reviewed an e-mail, dated December 15, 1999,.

And marked as Exhibit 11 in the Shields action, from ZUCCARINI,.

To counsel for the plaintiff in which ZUCCARINI expresses his.

Views concerning the regulation of his registration of domain.

Names, stating:.

I. he was paid between $.10 and $.25.

Every time a visitor to one of his Web sites.

Accessed the Web site of an entity he promoted on.

His site;.

I. he used Joker and Nominalia as.

Internet Registrars for his domain names;.

I. he had received cease and desist.

Letters from the /img/avatar6.jpgs of existing domain names.

Whose names he had registered misspelled versions.


I. he spent approximately $112,000.

Every two years to register approximately 1,600.

Domain names;.

In addition, I have reviewed the transcript of a.

Preliminary injunction hearing conducted on March 21, 2000,.

Before the Honorable Stewart Dalzell, United States District.

Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in the Shields.

Action. In that hearing, ZUCCARINI in substance and in part:.

I. admitted that he attracted traffic.

To his Web sites by registering misspellings of.

Common domain names;.

I. admitted that he chose domain.

Names to register by researching what the most.

Popular legitimate domain names were and then.

Choosing variations on those names;.

I. admitted that between 98%-99% of.

The 3,000 domain names he registered were.

Registered simply to generate Internet traffic;.

You do not own the Internet!!!! People can say.

And do whatever they want!!!! The Internet is.

Not a shopping mall!!!!.It is a road to.

Travel!!!!! It is not different that the city or.

Town we live in. We can do or say anything we.

Want as we walk through our city! As we can do.

On the Internet!!!!.

I. admitted that, without their.

Control or direction, persons accessing one of.

His Web sites would receive pop-up screens from.

That site repeatedly, and could not exit from.

This process unless they knew a specific.

Technique for doing so;.

I. admitted that many of his.

Approximately 3,000 Web sites had multiple.

Screens that opened, when they were accessed, and.

That he was trying to cut back on the number of.

Screens that opened;.

I. admitted that he registered the.

Domain names digmonmovie, digemonmovie,.,, and.;9.

I. admitted that one reason he.

Registered so many domain names which are of.

Interest to children and teenagers is because.

Teenagers and young people tend not to know how.

To spell;.

I. admitted that he had received.

Complaints from Yahoo! representatives about his.

Registration of misspellings of their domain.


In addition, I have reviewed two opinions of the.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of.

Pennsylvania in the Electronics Boutique case. In an October.

30, 2000 ruling in that case,10 the Court specifically noted the.

Unwillingness of ZUCCARINI to comply with the directives of the.


Mr. Zuccarinis conduct is not easily deterred..

9 I am aware that Digimon is a type of childrens cartoon.

Show produced by Disney; that Playstation is a video game system.

Popular with children, among others; and that Harry Potter is a.

Story book character popular with minors, among others..

10 Electronics Boutique Holdings Corp. v. Zuccarini, 56.

U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1705, C.A. 00-4055 (E.D.Pa. Oct 30, 2000)..

Strikingly, Mr. Zuccarini registered the domain.

Misspellings at issue in this matter after this.

Court preliminarily enjoined him from using.

Misspellings of another individuals mark...

Mr. Zuccarini boldly thumbs his nose at the.

Rulings of this court and the laws of our.


(Emphasis supplied)..

12. The FTC Enforcement Action Against ZUCCARINI.

As a result of the continued conduct of JOHN.

ZUCCARINI, the defendant, in registering misleading domain.

Names, according to FTC officials on or about September 25,.

2001, the FTC sought, and obtained, a Temporary Restraining.

Order (the TRO) in the United States District Court for the.

Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to FTC officials,.

The TRO enjoined ZUCCARINI from the combined practice of.

Redirecting and obstructing consumers on the Internet or World.

Wide Web; ordered him to dismantle certain Web sites central to.

His scheme; and required ZUCCARINI to provide information and.

Documents to the FTC. Thereafter, according to FTC officials,.

The FTC sought and, on October 19, 2001, obtained, a Preliminary.

Injunction against ZUCCARINI. Among other things, the.

Preliminary Injunction again enjoined ZUCCARINI from redirecting.

And obstructing consumers on the Internet or World Wide Web..

Thereafter, according to FTC officials, the FTC sought, and on.

April 9, 2002, obtained, a Permanent Injunction against.

ZUCCARINI. Among other things, the Permanent Injunction banned.

ZUCCARINI from redirecting and obstructing consumers; banned.

ZUCCARINI from advertising for other Web sites for a fee; and.

Included a money judgement against ZUCCARINI of approximately.

$1,897,166 as a result of his practice of registering misleading.

Domain names on the Internet to the detriment of consumers..

13. ZUCCARINIs Knowledge Of The FTC Injunction.

In the course of my investigation, I was informed by.

FTC officials that, although JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant, did.

Not appear to contest the FTC allegations in the Preliminary or.

Permanent Injunction actions, ZUCCARINI was aware of those.

Actions. Specifically, I learned through Cash X records.

(described below) associated with ZUCCARINI, that ZUCCARINI had.

Accessed a computer database known as Pacer which lists court.

Filings in federal court, and which reflected the entry of the.

Injunctions against ZUCCARINI. On or about August 13, 2003, I.

Reviewed documents maintained by Pacer relative to an account.

With Pacer by a subscriber named John Zuccarini. Among other.

Things those records indicate that on numerous occasions in 2003.

- most recently on May 18, 2003 ZUCCARINI ran a docket.

Report concerning the FTC action against him. In the course of.

My investigation, I reviewed a copy of the Pacer docket report.

For the FTC action against ZUCCARINI; among other things, that.

Report summarizes the terms of the Injunctions entered by the.

Court against ZUCCARINI. In addition, I have reviewed excerpts.

From depositions taken of ZUCCARINIs mother and brother in the.

FTC action; in both cases, the witnesses testified, in substance.

And in part, that they had discussed the FTC action against.

ZUCCARINI with him. Moreover, as discussed more fully below, I.

Have reviewed an e-mail sent to a lawyer for a domain name.

Holder that has sued ZUCCARINI. In that e-mail the sender.

(identified only as Shades) admonishes the lawyer for his/her.

Supposed misunderstanding of the FTCs final order in the case..

As described below, I have learned that the e-mail from Shades.

Was sent from an e-mail account controlled by ZUCCARINI..

Notwithstanding the terms of the injunctive relief obtained by.

The FTC against ZUCCARINI, I am aware that ZUCCARINI continues.

To use misleading domain names to promote advertisements for.

Pornography to minors.

14. News Articles Referring to ZUCCARINIs Use of.

Misleading Domain Names.

In the course of my investigation, I reviewed several.

On-line news articles concerning the registration of misleading.

Domain names by JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant. These included.

An article (the Article) in a scholarly journal which (1).

Listed domain names which had been registered by ZUCCARINI, and.

(2) noted that many of his domain names directed viewers to.

Sexually explicit materials..

IV. Recent Investigation.

15. Undercover Internet Investigation.

On or about May 19 and May 20, 2003, using a computer.

Connected to the Internet which was located in the Southern.

District of New York, I accessed 41 of the ZUCCARINI-controlled.

Domain names which are set forth in Exhibit A to this Complaint.11.

The Web sites I accessed on these days relate to entertainment.

Figures, cartoon characters, and celebrities popular with minors.

- for example, Bob The Builder, Britney Spears, Disney.

Land, and Teletubbies.12 When I accessed this first group of.

ZUCCARINI-controlled sites on May 19th and 20th, I observed the.

Following:13 first, my computer was directed to a Web page which,.

According to the domain name which appeared in my computers.

Browser, was known as Almost immediately.

Thereafter, my computer was directed to another Web site; this.

Web site had the domain name (the.

Hanky-Panky Site). The first screen of the Hanky-Panky Site.

11 Exhibit A consists of a list of a total of 15 legitimate.

Domain names with a list of a total of 49 associated misspelled.

Domain names registered by JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant..

Exhibit A was assembled, in part, on my review of the ZUCCARINIcontrolled.

Web sites listed in the Article; it is incorporated.

By reference herein..

12 I am aware that Bob The Builder and Teletubbies are.

Entertainment characters on cable television which appeal to.

Young children..

13 I recorded my activity using the Camtasia Studio software.

Referred to above and have reviewed that recording in preparing.

This Complaint..

Consisted of a Warning page which, among other things, stated.

Warning: Adults Only.This Website contains sexuallyoriented.

Adult content which may include visual depictions of.

Nude adults, adults engaging in sexual acts, and other audio and.

Visual material of a sexually explicit nature. This page.

Directed viewers who did not wish to see such materials, or who.

Were under the age to 18 to exit the site; viewers over 18.

Wishing to see such materials were directed to click on a.

Portion of the screen labeled Enter Site.14 After clicking on.

The Enter Site portion of the screen, my computer accessed a.

Web page of the Hanky-Panky Site titled Dorm Sex Party. This.

Web page contained pictures of partially nude young people.

Engaging in sexual activity. Thereafter, when I clicked on the.

close button of my computer screen in an attempted to exit.

From the Dorm Sex Party screen, a new Web page opened on the.

Hanky-Panky Site; this page offered access to free pornography..

Thereafter, when I attempted to close this Web page, a new Web.

Page on the Hanky Panky Site opened. This new Web page.

Displayed a collage (the First Collage) which was comprised of.

Several pictures, including (1) a picture of a woman performing.

Oral sex a man, and (2) a picture of vaginal sexual intercourse.

Between a woman and a man. When I attempted to close the Web.

Page containing the First Collage, I was taken to another Web.

Site. This Web site was titled on my.

Computers browser, and contained a second collage (the Second.

Collage) which also contained pornographic images. My attempts.

To close out this screen, and subsequent screens, led inevitably.

To the opening of Web Pages displaying additional pornography..

The pornographic images I observed (including the First and.

Second Collage) did not appear to be part of any larger.

Artistic, literary, political, or scientific work. Rather, the.

Pornographic images were advertisements for, among other things,.

Free access to pornography..

16. On or about August 6 and 7, 2003, I accessed the.

Remainder of the ZUCCARINI-controlled Web sites set forth in.

Exhibit A to this Complaint. When I accessed this second group.

Of ZUCCARINI-controlled Web sites on those dates I observed the.

14 Although viewers under 18 were directed not to enter the.

Site, the Web site did not provide any method to verify the age.

Of the person who accessed the site, and I was able to enter the.

Site simply by clicking on the Enter Site button..

Following:15 first, my computer was directed to a Web page which.

Was again titled in the domain name which.

Appeared in my computers browser. Almost immediately.

Thereafter, my computer was directed to the Hanky-Panky Site.

Described above, the first screen of which contained the.

Warning page described above. After clicking on the Enter.

Site portion of the screen, my computer accessed a Web site.

Listed in my computers browser as

Hardcorevideos. This first of page of this Web site contained.

Several color pictures16 of nude people engaging in sexual.

Activity, and offered Hardcore Videos of Teens and Live.

Girls. When I attempted to close this Web page, a series of.

Additional Web pages opened on the Hanky-Panky Site. These Web.

Pages included, among other pornography, numerous high-quality.

Pictures of nude young people engaged in sexual activity,.

Including a picture of vaginal sexual intercourse between a.

Young man and a young woman. The pornographic images I observed.

Did not appear as part of any larger artistic, literary,.

Political, or scientific work..

17. In the course of my investigation, I accessed.

Publicly-available databases maintained by various Internet.

Registrars which list certain information about the registrant.

That is self-reported by the registrant at the time of.

Registration. This information includes the name of the.

Registrant who owns the specific domain name; the company with.

Which the /img/avatar6.jpg is affiliated; and contact information for the.

/img/avatar6.jpg. When I accessed this information for the ZUCCARINIcontrolled.

Domain names set forth in Exhibit A, I learned that.

(1) all of these domain names were registered and owned by John.

Zuccarini; (2) ZUCCARINI used the Registrar known as Joker to.

Register the domain names; (3) the registration with Joker was.

Done electronically via the Internet; and (4) Cupcake Patrol.

Was listed as the company affiliated with John Zuccarini for.

Virtually every Web site registered by him..

18. In addition, in the course of my investigation, I.

Have reviewed records maintained by Cash X, Inc. (Cash X), a.

15 I recorded my activity using the Camtasia Studio software.

Referred to above and have reviewed that recording in preparing.

This Complaint..

16 It also included a moving image of a nude woman.

Masturbating with a dildo..

Company located in Coral Gables, Florida, which I am aware.

Provides customers with credit card numbers to use for purchases.

On the Internet and which bills it's clients for those charges.

Against accounts established by it's clients at Cash X. Records.

Maintained by Cash X indicate that a customer known as John.

Zuccarini has used credit card numbers provided by Cash X to.

Pay bills to, among others, Pacer (which I know to be an.

Computer database of court filings), Joker (which I know to be.

An Internet Registrar), and Earthlink (which I know to be an.

Internet Service Provider)..

19. ZUCCARINI at the Premises.

As discussed in paragraph 13, above, I have reviewed.

An e-mail (the E-Mail) sent on or about July 22, 2003, by a.

Person identified only as Shades to a lawyer representing a.

Domain name registrant who had previously sued JOHN ZUCCARINI,.

The defendant. In the E-Mail, Shades complained, in.

Substance, that the lawyer had misunderstood the Final Permanent.

Injunction entered in the FTC action against ZUCCARINI; that the.

Registrar had improperly frozen ZUCCARINIs Internet domain.

Names; and that an illegal conspiracy existed between the FTC.

And the Registrar to deprive ZUCCARINI of the use of his domain.

Names. FTC officials informed me that they had spoken to the.

Lawyer who had received the E-Mail, and that the lawyer had.

Provided the FTC with the IP address associated with the.

Transmission of the E-Mail.17.

20. Thereafter, I accessed publicly-available.

Databases and, in so doing, determined that Earthlink was the.

ISP who owned the IP address associated with the E-Mail..

Records maintained by Earthlink indicate that, although the EMail.

Was purportedly sent from Shades, it was actually sent.

From an account opened and maintained by John Zuccarini, and.

That the account was active. Moreover, Earthlink records.

17 Based on my training and experience, I am aware that.

Every computer connection on the Internet is associated with a.

Unique numeric identifier, known as an Internet Protocol (or.

IP address). I am also aware that, in the case of Internet.

Transmissions through so-called dial up accounts, IP addresses.

Are assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to their.

Customers for particular Internet sessions, and that records are.

Kept of which IP addresses are assigned to which customers for.

Those connections..

Revealed (1) the telephone number used to access the ZUCCARINI.

Account and to send the E-Mail (the Telephone Number), and (2).

That computer connections were made to the account from the.

Telephone Number as recently as August 28, 2003. Based on my.

Review of publicly-available databases, I am aware that the.

Telephone Number is a telephone number assigned to a Holiday Inn.

Located at 2711 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida (the.

Holiday Inn). On or about August 18, 2003 and August 29,.

2003, I spoke to a manager of the Holiday Inn, who informed me.

(1) that John Zuccarini is currently registered as a guest in.

Room #448 of the Holiday Inn; and (2) that Zuccarini has been.

A registered guest in the Holiday Inn for approximately 10.


WHEREFORE, deponent prays that a warrant be issued for.

The arrest of JOHN ZUCCARINI, the defendant, and that he be.

Imprisoned or bailed, as the case may be..



Postal Inspector.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Sworn to before me this.

29th day of August, 2003.





Exhibit 'A' This is the full complaint against John Zuccarini. He faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of using misleading domains to redirect to porn sites..

Comments (30)

Man, this guy is unbelievable..

Throw the book at him.


Comment #1

List of names he registered. Obviously going after little kids.

[links dead - removed].

And these domains are still pointed at porn sites even today. If your five year old tries to go to they might end up at xxx porn...

Comment #2

This is one of the reasons I only have two dogs!.


Comment #3


Have you typed one of those domains in? IT'S POP-UP-FRENZY.

I've only just managed to stop it, heh.


Comment #4

For people like JZ who won't learn their lesson, they should suffer heavier penalties...

Comment #5

I have just one question.... why was he still paying $35 a year to renew names ;-)?.

They must have used Netsol to do the cost estimation lol...

Comment #6

Hmm... 2 more years for this guy ey....

It just seems abit too much of a harsh sentence to me!..

Comment #7

Anyone care to notice that the law they prosecuted him under was passed in April 2003, but most of the complaint concerns things that happened prior to then?..

Comment #8

I get a not found message when I try to view thouse images...

Comment #9

Check the age of the post - that's probably why...

Comment #10

Ex-post facto and private property just are not what they used to be...

Comment #11

Unreal.... this thread is two years old...

Mr. Berryhill, what was the outcome.

Of this case?.

As just about any male n00b can.

Attest to, pop-up hells still exist on.

The the backstreets and alleyways.

Of the internet.

Scripts to shut down your pop-up.

Blockers, install drive-by programs,.

Change your home page.... all that B.S..

Just to make a nickle...

And it's not just the pr0n, two months.

Ago I was cruzin around the legit web.

And was thoughtfully given a new.

Shopping toolbar, a new home page,.

3 new BHO's AND.... a new search page.

Thank you CoolWebSearch.... took me.

About 4 hours to dig all that dreck out.

Of my reg... When I was new, it almost.

Alway meant "re-install"....

And I'm good, I dont make many mistakes.

Clicking, having learned my lessons long ago.

In my repair of friends computers these are.

Often the main source of their problems,.

So where are the warrants for these Buttwipes?.

Peace, kid5150..

Comment #12

Zuccarini went to prison. I believe he's still there...

Comment #13

Five years in prison for misuse of typo domain names. So we won't be seeing him until 2009, unless he gets an early parole...

Comment #14

Kid5150 -.

The law was written for Zuccarini, was used against Zuccarini, and has never been used again. Mr. Zuccarini pled guilty. There are pragmatic reasons why people do that. He had pissed off the wrong people, and this law might just as well have had his name on it...

Comment #15

And I understand and agree that some.

People are not fit to walk the streets.

Of a civilizied world.... and sometimes.

New Laws must be written to ensure.

The general public is safe from these.

Concious-dead types... I knew Mr.Z's.

Work all too well, having stumbled.

Into those neighborhoods by ummm,.


And accually I got so good.

At "rightclick/ close" I could and did.

Outrun the flyers all the way back to.

The launchers all the time... not that.

I had practice or anything, it was.

Just a gift. ;-).

Nonetheless guilty however are the.

Legit, and man I use that word here.

With a grimace, websites who for all.

Intents and purposes lure you in by.

Even lower methods... everyone knew.

By their second day online what they.

Would find out looking for "whatever teen".

Dot com, the same thing they found the.

Day before, P-U-H.

Anyways, all in this thread know exactly.

What and who the buttwipes are as well.

As I do... still why not them. if I wrote.

Software that can modify your system.

Simply by connecting to my site, I well.

Know I would join Mr.Z or be hostled.

In a similar government facility...

Where is the justice, Mr. Berryhill.

Is it allowed intentionaly because.

Of the HUGE amounts of revenue.

It generates? Because if thats the.

Case (dont poo-poo this like it.

Couldnt happen here) , if that is.

The case, we need new management.

Cant say they dont know who is.

Doing it, for cryin out loud their name.

Is written into the SW and there will.

Be a link to where MAYBE it uninstalls.

So thats my Vent for today, I did it.

Here so I wouldnt seriously get myself.

In trouble if I returned to:

Some peoples kids, I swear.

Justice... fair and equal...

That too much to ask.


Peace, kid5150..

Comment #16

I don't get you really believe he was trying to get kids to look at porn? Little kids usually don't have credit cards. can't make any money off porn unless someone gives you their credit card. it makes no sense...

Comment #17

Hopefully they send him to jail for a long time...

Comment #18

It was bad luck, and probably not "right".

However, it is a nice morality play about staying away from questionable actions just to be safe...

Actually, nevermind. It's about folks forgetting we still have murderers and rapists who get less time than he did.


Comment #19

How much money did he really make from his typos? If he did not make much money than he definitely does not have a heart or stupid (not saying he should have done it if he made a lot of money)...

Comment #20

John, when I brought this up on DNF a couple of years back, I was banned for stating my opinion. The mods at that time could not see the obvious you just mentioned. Personally, I think that underage surfers should be supervised on the Internet. It's a whole new territory for Law and the Zuccarini case was tailored to plug a legal hole, but the process was flawed...

Comment #21

That's absurd.

Five years in jail because a bunch of 13 year olds are too stupid to spell correctly?..

Comment #22 that was a stupid post, you wont gain any respect posting comments like that around here considering the nature of this case, I certainly dont want anything to do with someone who thinks like you...

Comment #23

It may be harsh, but there has to be a limit.

At what point does the government start assuming the role of parent? If youre truly concerned about your kids seeing porn on the internet, then you'll use a service like NetNanny (or a million other similar services) which lock out 95% of internet porn...

Comment #24

Thats the usual come back but to me it dont fly, he registered Kid related typo words/terms and put porn on them. Obviously adult surfers wouldnt have any interest in these types of sites but guess what Kids would...

Comment #25

Man, I remember the trouble I used to go thru to try and find porno mags when I was a kid. Diggin' in dumpsters and finding a Penthouse or a Hustler was like pure joy. Threw the Playboys back. How the world moves on.

JZ should have paid heed to the new law. But law or not he probably shouldn't have been trying to force porn on those who didn't want it, ESPECIALLY those likely to be to young to lawfully enjoy it! Idiot. I hated all that mousetrap s*** when I'd get caught on one of his sites. Usually wind up having to unplug. Still, if the criminal complaint alleges activity before the law was passed then WTF is up with that?!? Dude, where's my constitution? Can you say "ex post facto"?.

Whats happend to his case lately? Is he still in lockup or did he make bail?..

Comment #26

Umm, actaully, his target was much younger than that. My 5 year old stumbled onto his site when she tried to get to cartoon network. But I guess my 5 year should have been smarter and not spell it incorrectly. (btw- I think he had like 44 different typos for the cartoonnetwork which is geared to 4-10 year olds).

But his actions were to entice underage children, you know, like a molester...

Comment #27


Bluesman: So this JZ guy is doing 5 years in jail?.

Gracie: Yes, for that new law he broke before it was passed.

Bluesman: Don't you mean "after"?.

Gracie: Well, they were "after" him - that's why they passed it.

Bluesman: What law was this, exactly?.

Gracie: Some anti-kiddie porn law.

Bluesman: Oh, one that prevents kids from being used in porn?.

Gracie: No, it just prevents kids from looking at porn.

Bluesman: You mean like Net Nanny does?.

Gracie: I suppose, but not everyone is born with a nanny, you know.

Bluesman: That's true. But they somehow made this law retro-active?.

Gracie: I don't know if it had retro rockets, but it sure was active.

Bluesman: What do you mean?.

Gracie: Well, it was active enough to put the guy in jail for 5 years!.

Bluesman: Say goodnight, Gracie.

Gracie: Goodnight, Bluesman!..

Comment #28

Oh yea...I like that. Rep up'd, great post..

~ Cyberian ~..

Comment #29

If anyone is familar with conspriacy charges, those are pretty tough to get out of. Maybe JZ was a lone ranger and did not have a partner in crime....

While I and others may have issues about the constitutionality of the law and it's applicability to JZ's case, the bottom line is he was going to go down for something and the world/internet is a better place WITHOUT him...

Comment #30

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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