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Whois API removes .NZ records to settle lawsuit

Whois data seller quickly folds after facing lawsuit.

Logo for Whois XML APIDomain Name Commission (DNC), which manages New Zealand’s .NZ namespace, has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Whois API after the parties quickly settled the matter.

Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey released this statement to Domain name Wire:

We are very pleased to announce that WhoisAPI and DNCL have been able to settle their dispute without the need for ongoing litigation.

Our agreement has resulted in WhoisAPI deleting all historical .nz WHOIS records and any related data or records that were formerly stored in its database or otherwise retained in its systems.

This is good news for .nz registrants and protection of their domain name privacy rights. WhoisAPI will not publish any non-current .nz WHOIS data.

We commend WhoisAPI on their open dialogue and good faith negotiations which led to the settlement. We hope more companies will take domain names owners privacy as seriously as WhoisAPI has now done.

That last sentence is obviously directed at DomainTools. DNC filed a lawsuit against DomainTools last year that is still dragging on in court.

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