Re: [ga] Whois database
Bill and all assembly members,
I am familiar with that bill. Our staff is tracking it. It is is
in subcommittee.... I personally don't think it has a chance of
passing "As is"...
William S. Lovell wrote:
> Picking up on an old theme as I browse, there was a bill
> in the U.S. Congress that would prohibit copyright on
> data bases, mostly to protect scientific access to scientific
> data, but should apply here also. Don't know the status of
> that bill right now, but someone might want to look it up.
> Bill Lovell
> Sandy Harris wrote:
> > News story on NSI selling the whois database information:
> > http://www.msnbc.com/news/531732.asp?0nm=-1AP&cp1=1
> > Best read, I think, in conjunction with Auerbach's rant on
> > the whois database, ponit three under "What I would say to
> > the House Commerce Committee were I invited to testify" on
> > the menu page at:
> > http://www.cavebear.com/cavebear/growl/index.htm
> > I'd say one of the more useful things ICANN could do to
> > improve the net would be to make it clear to the contractors
> > that treating the data they manage for the net as proprietary
> > (let alone selling it!) is completely unnacceptable.
> > While they're at it, ask them to fix whois which has, in my
> > view, been broken since shortly after NSI started running it.
> > Even if a single central whois covering the whole net is no
> > longer practical, we want one broken down by TLD so things
> > can be found easily, not by registry. That is certainly
> > administratively convenient for the contractors, but not
> > remarkably useful to users.
> > To my mind, questions of getting the existing system to do
> > things right (fixing whois, getting rid of board squatters,
> > censuring stupid decisions like bodacioustats.com, getting
> > ready for DNSsec deployment) are as interesting as questions
> > of fixing the system itself (adding constituencies, etc) and
> > far more likely to produce useful results soon.
> > I'm emphatically not saying we should give up trying to change
> > the system, but it may be more productive to focus on specific
> > problems like this NSI action or the absurd tatas decision.
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