ICANN stays out of Spamhaus domain battle

By Justin Mann on
A slight victory for Spamhaus, ICANN came to the conclusion that it does not have the authority to suspend their website, despite the U.S. court ruling. Recently, Spamhaus earned the ire of Internet company e360 Insight, listing them as a spammer. Ultimately this resulted in the lawsuit, which was won only due to Spamhaus not appearing in court. Now, it's up to Tucows, whom is the registrar for Spamhaus's website, to decide whether or not to pull the plug. Odds are they won't, for clear reasons:

ICANN's stance of declining authority on the affair passes the onus onto Tucows, the Spamhaus.org registrar. Since Tucows is based in Canada, and not the US, it's in a much better position to decline to apply the court's request. So the threat of the loss of Spamhaus's domain appears to have receded, at least for now.
The blacklist provided by them is used by companies worldwide, and no matter how much e360 thinks they have been harmed, it would do the Internet as a whole more harm to see a company like Spamhaus shut down. No word on whether the two companies are in discussion to come to a more amicable solution.

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