I want to purchase a domain: curion.com
It is unavailable because it is held by godaddy (as shown on whois.net)
Question is, Can a web hosting company hoard a domain name to itself. Is it even allowed? The domain doesnt function either.
How do I legally pursue this matter? What is the law?

Whois details:

Domain Name: CURION.COM
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-feb-2013
Creation Date: 11-jul-2002
Expiration Date: 11-jul-2018

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    GoDaddy isn't hoarding it, because they don't own it. Jackson National Life Insurance is the registrant; GoDaddy is the registrar. It appears to be a misconfigured domain. – cpast Jun 14 '15 at 19:40
  • This question can be improved by editing it to add some request to verify your assumptions. – New Alexandria Jun 15 '15 at 15:35

The domain you mention has godaddy as its registrar, but the registrant (I.e. 'owner') is 'Jackson National Life Ins Co' according to godaddy's own whois server.

To answer your question: a person or other entity can register as many domains as it likes. Absent a trademark or other name-related dispute, you have no grounds to dispute a registered domain simply because you think it's being 'hoarded'.

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    I think there actually are rules about registrars hoarding domains; however, those rules are a matter of contracts and agreements between entities in the DNS system, like ICANN, registries, and registrars. – cpast Jun 14 '15 at 19:43

It looks like this is a private registration, but where the name is forwarded to a public entity. If the registrant had chosen to let godaddy host the domain, and put up non-affiliated content - then the privacy would have been maintained.

GoDaddy isn't hoarding this one; it's just a poorly executed private registration.

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