[council] FW: [DNS] Current Policy Reviews: WHOIS and IP protection

Liz Williams liz.williams at icann.org
Fri Sep 2 06:48:16 UTC 2005


Some of you may find these current .au discussions on WHOIS policy of


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From: dns-bounces+lizwilliams=lizwilliams.net at dotau.org
[mailto:dns-bounces+lizwilliams=lizwilliams.net at dotau.org] On Behalf Of
Michael Purse
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 5:46 PM
To: .au DNS Discussion List
Subject: [DNS] Current Policy Reviews


I've just read over the submissions for the WHOIS Policy and Domain
Name Password Policy Reviews. There's ten submissions in total for the
WHOIS Policy Review, and four for the Domain Name Password Policy.

For the Domain Name Password Policy, I believe in general the
submissions were very positive suggestions which would benefit the .au

Bennett Oprysa's submission recommending instant password retrieval be
mandatory most certainly would benefit the entirety of the industry if

Bruce Tonkin, Brett Fenton, and myself all made submissions which
included the recommendation that "written authorisation" be defined as
being notarized originals in an effort to reduce fraud.

For the WHOIS Policy Review, I'm very impressed in general with the
responses. The vast majority of the submissions supported the removal
of email addresses from public view.

One of the exceptions was the submission from the Council of Online
Accountability, representing groups such as the RIAA, MPAA, Time
Warner, and Walt Disney, asking that the WHOIS system in .au provide
full contact information inclusive of physical address and contact

I think the WHOIS system should be used as a tool for the information
of consumers, suppliers, and Internet Service Providers with a need
for the information that is displayed, all of which have no
requirement to see physical addresses and contact numbers.

The WHOIS system is not designed to be used for hunting and
prosecuting people for piracy to benefit an American council
representing major music and movie companies. These organisations have
other channels available to them if they wish to do this.


Michael Purse
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