Indian ISPs block access to major domain registrars
Cybersquatting victims are frustrated that registrars outside India won’t take down domains.
Some Indian ISPs have blocked access to three major domain name registrars.
The move comes as part of a long-running dispute over cybersquatting. Indian courts and cybersquatting victims are frustrated that registrars are not responding to their take-down notices. Some registrars are seemingly asking that plaintiffs get a U.S. court order rather than one from India.
Attorney Ankur Raheja, who frequently acts as a Respondent’s representative in UDRP cases, noted today that five registrars’ websites are not accessible through a few Indian ISPs at this time: Dynadot, Namecheap, Tucows, Sarek and Gransy. The first three are among the top 15 largest domain registrars, although Tucows mostly sells domains through resellers.
In terms of the following order of Hon’ble High Court in February 2023, 5 Domain Registrar websites are not accessible from few Indian ISPs for now like #JIO, #Airtel, etc.
The Registrars include @Dynadot; @Namecheap; @tucows; Sarek; and Gransy. #Domains #Registrar #Domain… t.co/Pm0OF7Me7S
— Ankur Raheja (@ankurraheja) March 12, 2023
I contacted Namecheap about a month ago for comment on the February 10 court order but did not receive a comment back.
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