This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for web content. Please help to demonstrate the notability of the topic by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. If notability cannot be shown, the article is likely to be merged, redirected, or deleted.Find sources: "Dynadot" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (August 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this message) A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies, particularly neutral point of view. Please discuss further on the talk page. (January 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this message) This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links, and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view. (January 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this message) This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Dynadot" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (May 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this message) (Learn how and when to remove this message)
Type of site
Private Company
Predecessor(s)INamePro, LLC
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Todd Han
CEOTodd Han
Key peopleTodd Han
(Founder) & (President)
IndustryDomain Registrar
ProductsWeb Services

Dynadot is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web host company founded by software engineer Todd Han in 2002. Dynadot's headquarters is located in San Mateo, California, with offices in Zhengzhou and Beijing, China, as well as Toronto, Canada.[1]

On 15 February 2023, Delhi High Court ordered Indian IT Ministry to block Dynadot and other domain registrars over cybersquatting and not complying with Indian IT Rules, 2021.[2][3][4]


Dynadot was founded in 2002, in San Mateo, California, by Todd Han, a software engineer. Originally called INamePro, LLC, the organization changed their name to Dynadot in 2003. Han was the sole operator of the company during the first-three years of its launch and he had hired the company's first employee in 2005.[5]

Bank Julius Baer lawsuit

This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. Please help improve it by rewriting it in a balanced fashion that contextualizes different points of view. (January 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this message)

Main article: Bank Julius Baer vs. Wikileaks lawsuit

In February 2008, the domain name was taken offline after the Swiss Bank Julius Baer sued WikiLeaks and Dynadot, the domain registrar, in a court in California, United States, and obtained a permanent injunction ordering the shutdown.[6][7] WikiLeaks had hosted allegations of illegal activities at the bank's Cayman Islands branch.[6] WikiLeaks' U.S. Registrar, Dynadot, complied with the order by removing its DNS entries. However, the website remained accessible via its numeric IP address, and online activists immediately mirrored WikiLeaks at dozens of alternative websites worldwide.[8]

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a motion protesting the action taken against WikiLeaks. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press assembled a coalition of media and press that filed an amicus curiae brief on WikiLeaks' behalf. The coalition included major U.S. newspaper publishers and press organizations, such as the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press, the Citizen Media Law Project, the E. W. Scripps Company, the Gannett Company, the Hearst Corporation, the Los Angeles Times, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Newspaper Association of America and the Society of Professional Journalists. The coalition requested to be heard as a friend of the court to call attention to relevant points of law that it believed the court had overlooked (on the grounds that WikiLeaks had not appeared in court to defend itself, and that no First Amendment issues had yet been raised before the court). Amongst other things, the coalition argued that:[9][unreliable source?]

WikiLeaks provides a forum for dissidents and whistleblowers across the globe to post documents, but the Dynadot injunction imposes a prior restraint that drastically curtails access to Wikileaks from the Internet based on a limited number of postings challenged by Plaintiffs. The Dynadot injunction therefore violates the bedrock principle that an injunction cannot enjoin all communication by a publisher or other speaker.[10]

Judge Jeffrey White, who initially issued the injunction, vacated it on 29 February 2008, citing First Amendment concerns and questions about legal jurisdiction.[11][12] WikiLeaks was thus able to bring its site online again. The bank dropped the case on 5 March 2008.[13][unreliable source?] The judge also denied the bank's request for an order prohibiting the website's publication.[9][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ "All About Dynadot - Company Philosophy, Culture, and More | Dynadot". Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  2. ^ Thapliyal, Nupur (2023-02-15). "Take Action Against Domain Name Registrars For Not Complying With IT Rules: Delhi High Court To IT Ministry". Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  3. ^ Mathi, Sarvesh (2023-03-14). "Why Namecheap and four other domain registrars are blocked in India". MediaNama. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  4. ^ Allemann, Andrew (2023-03-12). "Indian ISPs block access to major domain registrars". Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  5. ^ "About Dynadot". Dynadot. Archived from the original on 2022-08-30. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  6. ^ a b " under injunction" (Press release). WikiLeaks. 18 February 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  7. ^ McCullagh, Declan (19 February 2008). "Wikileaks domain name yanked in spat over leaked documents". CNET. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Free Speech Has A Number:". CBS News. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b Orion, Egan (2 March 2008). "Judge reverses Wikileaks injunction". The Inquirer. Archived from the original on 8 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  10. ^ Media coalition (26 February 2008). "Document 62" (PDF). Julius Baer v. WikiLeaks. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  11. ^ Philipp Gollner (29 February 2008). "Judge reverses ruling in Julius Baer leak case". Reuters. Retrieved 1 March 2008.
  12. ^ Glater, Jonathan D. (5 March 2008). "Bank Moves to Withdraw Its Suit Against Wikileaks Site". New York Times (Bits Blog). Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  13. ^ Claburn, Thomas (6 March 2008). "Swiss Bank Abandons Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks: The wiki had posted financial documents it said proved tax evasion by Bank Julius Baer's clients". InformationWeek.