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Reminder: there’s no Whois privacy for .us domain names

Don’t expect to remain private if you register a .us domain name. Last July, Chaya Raichik registered the domain name LibsofTikTok.com to go along with her Libs of TikTok Twitter account. In October, she apparently decided to protect her brand by registering the matching domain in .net, .org, .info and .us. That last one ended […]

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Is a Whois privacy service an alter ego of the registrar?

Domain registrars might be too tight with their privacy services, which could create legal headaches. For years, domain name registrars have set up separate legal entities for their Whois privacy services. They did this to comply with ICANN rules and to shield liability. Whois privacy services carry some liability, especially ones set up as proxies […]

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How to make your Whois info public at GoDaddy

Here’s how to make your private information public. GoDaddy started redacting personal information in Whois records earlier this summer. Instead of showing the registrant’s name, address, phone number and email, a Whois record looks like this: The Registrant Organization only appears if you register your domains under an organization name. The upside to redacted Whois […]

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Web.com gets Whois Privacy patent

Web.com subsidiary gets patent for Whois Privacy, as compared to Whois Proxy. GoDaddy has patents for domain name proxy services. Now a competitor, Web.com’s Network Solutions, has a patent for Whois privacy. U.S. Patent #9,817,979 (pdf) for Private domain name registration covers Whois privacy in which a domain is registered in the name of the […]

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