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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
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Name Server: NS1.JACKSONNATIONAL.COM
Name Server: NS2.JACKSONNATIONAL.COM
Name Server: NS3.JACKSONNATIONAL.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
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 19:40
  • This question can be improved by editing it to add some request to verify your assumptions. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 15:35

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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
    Commented Jun 14, 2015 at 19:43
  • Is there a technical name/term to the practice of registering or "owning" domains that one doesn't use, just to force someone else interested in the domain to pay way above normal prices? (effectively holding the domain hostage) --- And are there legal pathways against that? Commented Oct 11, 2023 at 7:23
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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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