After the decision of the German judges in recent days regarding public DNS serversa sentence arrives that is in the same wake as the previous one. Quad9a company that manages a resolver DNS widely used globally, announces that it has achieved an important victory by beating Sony.
More than two years ago, Sony Entertainment had initiated legal proceedings against Quad9. Sony claimed that Quad9 should discontinue the resolution of certain domain names involved in the violation of copyright, due to the distribution – without any authorization – of contents protected by current copyright laws.
Quad9 notes that the victory over Sony in Germany represents a significant moment and rewards efforts to keep the World Wide Web neutral resource for all users who use it.
Quad9 doesn’t have to change its DNS records – here’s why
The prosecution sought to establish an obligation on service providers of domain name resolution in blocking addresses reported by copyright holders. Quad9 strenuously contested the request made by Sony, specifying that i resolver Public DNS do not have any commercial relationship, either direct or indirect, with any third parties who are guilty of violations of the rules copyright protection.
Although Quad9 is an organization headquartered in SwissSony managed to obtain an inhibition valid in the Swiss country by leveraging the content of the Lugano Convention.
Quad9 has decided to fight, obtaining a clear and unequivocal decision in its favor today. The judges of the Dresden court (Germany) have in fact concluded that the managers of the resolver DNS are not required block domain names on which illicit activities are carried out. This is because, as established in the case of Cloudflare, in the context of a similar proceeding, the DNS service provider does not offer a central service for the provision of the illicit platform managed by third parties. Rights holders must therefore take action primarily on hosting service providers rather than trying the easier route resolver DNS.
The case involving Quad9 is thus closed as it can no longer be discussed in other forums. It is worth highlighting that one of the TLD “stone of scandal” (
.to, operated by the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga) is the same one targeted in the Europen dispute against Cloudflare. In that case, the Court of Milan took a decision diametrically opposed to the German judges by ordering Cloudflare to block domain names (even top level ones!…).