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About James J. Saul

J. J. Saul protects clients’ brands and content from counterfeiting, piracy, and other trademark and copyright infringement across the globe. He executes cost-effective strategies for global trademark and copyright clearance, registration, monitoring, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy, and transactions. J. J. is an efficient, results-driven attorney who eschews legalese in favor of clear, candid communication that empowers clients to make informed, business-oriented decisions on the intellectual property issues they face.

Restricted Access to WHOIS Data Jeopardizes Brand Owners Online

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As many brand owners know, WHOIS data is the publicly available information on who has registered a particular internet domain name. In layman’s terms, WHOIS records are akin to land title or property tax records: a record of who owns the internet property of domain names available in .com, .net and other generic top-level domain (gTLD) spaces. Each WHOIS record contains basic contact information for the domain name registrant: name, address, phone number, email address and certain other technical attributes. Since the dawn of the internet, gTLD registrars and registries – those companies who sell domain names – have collected contact information from all registrants at the time of registration.

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