Injunction Remains in Register.com Whois Marketing Case
The registrar wins a round in a 3-year-old case to bar Web hosting company Verio from using its customers' domain name registration information for marketing purposes.A federal appeals court has upheld a preliminary injunction in a 3-year-old case involving the use of the Internets database of domain name registrants for marketing purposes. Domain name registrar Register.com Inc. on Wednesday announced the decision, handed down last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. The ruling means that Web hosting company Verio Inc. remains barred from using the Whois database of domain name holders to market services to Register.coms customers. Register.com, of New York, had sued Verio in August 2000, accusing Verio of violating the terms of its Whois database by using its information to mislead Register.com customers with marketing pitches. The U.S. District Court in New York in December 2000 granted the preliminary injunction, and Verio had appealed that decision.
The case now returns to the U.S. District Court in New York, where Register.com is seeking a permanent injunction and an award of damages.