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Registrar Sued Because of Cybersquatter Using Whois Privacy Service

Court documents denying a motion to dismiss(pdf), reveal that hosting company Solid Host, NL is suing domain name registration company over cybersquatting claims for a domain name registered under the NameCheap whois privacy services WhoisGuard. Solid Host’s domain name had reportedly been stolen by a “hacker” who used NameCheap’s privacy service. Namecheap would not initially reveal the owner of the domain name to Solid Host because it believed it was merely in the middle of a two-party dispute. The court’s ruling clarifies this and rules NameCheap was responsible and liable for contributory cybersquatting. Central to this case is the fact that a registrar is being sued for cybersquatting over a domain name that they do not own in a literal sense but is simply using a domain privacy service. The court documents make some points in this case that seem to lay many responsibilities on registrars that are providing these domain privacy services. Read full article at: