Indian ISPs block access to major domain registrars

Cybersquatting victims are frustrated that registrars outside India won’t take down domains.

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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.

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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