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Court of Appeals Upholds Injunction Barring DomainTools WhoIs Scraping

New Zealand Domain Name Commission Prevails - More Registries to Follow?

1:17 pm on Jul 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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From press release issued by NZ's DNC: [dnc.org.nz ]
New Zealandís Domain Name Commission has had its court order upheld by a higher Court in its US lawsuit against the company DomainTools.

The US Courtís decision prevents DomainTools from breaching .nz domain names owners privacy and publishing their personal details for anyone to see.

According to one source [reseller.co.nz ]

DomainTools argued in the original lawsuit that a win for the DNC could set off an avalanche of litigation as other registries attempt to protect the privacy of their registrants, and the US district judge Robert S Lasnik said they may be correct.

I would not be surprised if other domain registries now follow suit by filing lawsuits seeking similar injunctions. Indeed, the might be obliged to act in order to protect the privacy rights of their domain registrants. Failing to act may expose them to damage claims or administrative penalties.
1:33 pm on July 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I think that Nominet (the .UK registry) was quite active in protecting its WHOIS in the past. The NZ DNC has also filed suit against Whois api ( [domainnamewire.com...] )


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