RE: [nc-whois] Tucows Comments on the WHOIS TF Final Report
all due respect, this is something I have been posting and saying not once but a
multitude of times.
matter how we look upon it, we have only served those industries mentioned in a
broader perspective, not only Tucows has that point of view, many of the other
posters in comments share that view.
try and stay focussed, which of course we will do, but we should not forget or
ignore these comments, perhaps we should even make that a starting point for our
have agreed on doing privacy now, so perhaps we can rekindle that part of the
discussion that contained the definitions we would or should give to "those who
have a need for access" "those who want access" "those who should have
access" and add to that the question of serving what purpose with that
questions in my opinion would be what other venues are open to obtain the data
they search, what is the comparison to the brick and mortar world and where do
we clash with law, political opinion and public opinion.
opinion we should first build that foundation before we start discussing
possible solutions to keep it open, half open, semi-open paid open or whatever,
perhaps we come to a conclusion that there should be other data freely available
and the remainder never.
thing that concerns me also is that it is "easy" but also unfair to
characterize all concerns about keeping WHOIS available as driven by
trademark, patent, and copyright lobbies. Consumers use WHOIS to see who is
behind a web site their child visits, businesses check out suppliers, etc.
Privacy issues for a business, or an organization, or someone who is
conducting commerce on the Internet may be very different than
someone who is indeed an individual. As a Task Force,
let's keep an
mind as we examine the issues related to privacy and WHOIS, and try to stay
focused on our task of looking at the range of questions.
I just ran into this
and walked away surprised that the entire report would be desupported due to
one component that was clearly planned to be addressed.
Tucows Comments on the Whois TF Final ReportPosted by ross at February 17, 2003 12:07 PM
To get completely to the point, we don't support the report because it
misses its mark.
The brief summary is:
- We reject the report because it decouples the primary issue of privacy
from the secondary issues and therefore unduly benefits the trademark,
copyright and patent lobbies.
- there are some portions of the report
that we support.
- there are some portions of the report that we don't
- All of these portions must be dealt with in the context of
privacy and regard for the customer, not the lawyers.