DomainTools must take down .NZ Whois records while lawsuit proceeds.

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of .NZ domain manager Domain Name Commission in a fight against DomainTools.

Domain Name Commission (DNC) sued DomainTools last year for harvesting New Zealand’s .NZ Whois records for its service. A Federal District Court granted a preliminary injunction against DomainTools that prevent DomainTools from collecting more .NZ Whois records and required it to remove previously published records while the lawsuit proceeded.

DomainTools appealed against the injunction, but the appeals court just affirmed (pdf) the lower court’s decision. This means that DomainTools will have to comply with the injunction while the lawsuit proceeds.

DNC recently filed a similar lawsuit against Whois API.

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