Late last week, New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission won a motion for preliminary injunction in a US lawsuit against the company DomainTools. The court judgment can be seen here
Commissioner Brent Carey, said: "Winning this lawsuit is good news for .nz domain name holders and their privacy.
Of some amusement, during court proceedings DomainTools argued that this lawsuit may cause an avalanche of litigation as other registries attempt to protect the privacy of their registrants, Judge Lasnik stated that they may be correct.
Carey added, "We look forward to presenting our full case to the Court, as we seek to permanently prevent DomainTools from ever building a secondary .nz database offshore and outside the control of the Domain Name Commission."
During the hearing, DomainTools requested more than US$3.5 million in bond to compensate for reworking their database files to ensure that .nz data is not provided to its customers. However, in a significant mark-down, the judge ruled that a nominal bond of only US$1000 was required.