The nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers began a weeklong meeting focused on the fate of the public Whois database
, which shows contact information for those who own websites.
The scope and accessibility of WHOIS database
information has been an issue of contention.
With such anonymous registrations, the contact information of the registrar is listed in the WHOIS database
Commerce and ICANN have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of contact data in the Whois database
com complained that Verio's scraping of its Whois database
amounted to an unauthorized access under the CFAA because the Whois database
For example, the whois database
of Network Solutions, Inc.
Even Thomson and Thomson offers its WHOIS database
for verifying domain name owners at no charge.
He also says that there should be a "judicial or legislative decision made" to show that NSI doesn't own the contents of the whois database
, which NSI claims it does because it has spent six years building it up and maintaining it.
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Sources close to NSI say that real progress was being made last week up to the break following the agreement, and that the team of CEO Jim Rutt, SVP Don Telage, counsel Phil Sbarbaro, and other outside counsel will continue to push for the company's goals, prime among which is to hold on to some sort of perceived intellectual property rights over the whois database
WhoisProtector Lite masks domain name owners' private contact information listed in the public Whois database
, leaving only the administrative and technical contact email addresses.
And rather than concentrate on the issues of registering domains that conflict with trademarks, NSI was once again the focus; this time over its IP claims over the contents of the whois database
that contains all the information on the 5 million or so domains that are currently registered.