OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following constitutes Dynadot’s response to the Feb. 15 court order in the case of Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks, et al., which is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.
“This case raises First Amendment issues that are for the Courts to decide, not my client, Dynadot,” stated Garret D. Murai of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP, who represents Dynadot. “The only agreement by Dynadot was to comply with the Court’s previous order to preserve evidence, including preventing Wikileaks from transferring its domain name to another registrar and from changing its account settings – essentially, to preserve the status quo. Dynadot did not agree to remove the name server settings for wikileaks.org or to produce any information. This was requested by Julius Baer and granted by the Court.”
“It was explained to the Court that Dynadot only provides domain name registration services to Wikileaks. Dynadot is not the DNS provider nor is it the web host provider that maintains the content of wikileaks.org,” explains Kathryn Chow Han, in-house legal counsel for Dynadot. “Our company does not take a position on the merits of this litigation. However, if Julius Baer is concerned with the posting of its confidential documents on the wikileaks.org web site, it could have sought a more narrow remedy than seeking to have the entire wikileaks.org web site shut down.”
Bank Julius Baer (“Julius Baer”), a large private bank in Switzerland, has sued Wikileaks, an online entity that publishes “leaked” information through its web site, wikileaks.org. According to Julius Baer’s complaint, a former bank executive published confidential bank documents, including client account information, on the web site maintained by Wikileaks.
Julius Baer has also named Dynadot as a defendant in the suit. Dynadot is a domain name registrar located in San Mateo, Calif. that registered the domain name wikileaks.org. The complaint seeks, among other remedies, to require that Dynadot remove the name server settings for wikileaks.org so that visitors typing the name wikileaks.org are brought to a blank web page.
On Feb. 15, the Court issued an order for permanent injunction that requires Dynadot: 1) to prevent Wikileaks from transferring the wikileaks.org domain name to another registrar; 2) to prevent Wikileaks from changing its domain name account settings; 3) to remove the name server settings for wikileaks.org; and 4) to produce certain account information for Wikileaks. The Feb. 15 order follows a previous Court order that requires the parties to preserve evidence.