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RE: [registrars] Brian Cute from NSI is the wrong person for thewhois privacy committee

Hi Tim...

I would expect eliminating that requirement benefits NSI greatly.  I would 
guess that it benefits them more than any other registrar, don't you think? 

--On Thursday, June 19, 2003 4:58 PM -0500 Tim Ruiz <tim@godaddy.com> wrote:

> Hello Jim,
> I would just like to point out that it was Brian (likely supported by
> his superiors) who proposed that the RC take the position to eliminate
> the bulk whois obligation. That was put to a vote mid-April and 96% of
> the voting members (44% of the total membership) voted to support that
> position, including Brian (likely supported by his superiors).
> Tim
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-registrars@dnso.org [mailto:owner-registrars@dnso.org] On
> Behalf Of Jim Archer
> Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 12:24 PM
> To: registrars@dnso.org
> Subject: [registrars] Brian Cute from NSI is the wrong person for the
> whois privacy committee
> Hi All?
> I just wanted to take a moment to explain why I feel Brian Cute is not
> an
> appropriate choice for the whois privacy steering committee.
> Brian has been working in our industry only since February.  In general,
> I
> would oppose placing someone so new to our group and our industry in a
> position this substantial.
> But Brian's nomination raises greater concerns.  Brian is now Director
> of
> Policy at NSI, currently the registrar with the most market share, the
> most
> cash to throw around, the most clout in Washington DC and, perhaps, the
> most quickly tumbling stock price.
> We all know that NSI has in the past engaged in what many people have
> agreed are deceptive marketing practices.  They were told to stop
> repeatedly by US courts before they completely stopped. I have been
> contacted privately by a number ? and not a small number ? of people
> since
> my last postings on this topic who told me that there were in fact more
> lawsuits than I mentioned, and at least one investigation as well.  More
> troubling, most of these people said although they agree that Brian is
> not
> a proper choice, they would prefer not to say so publicly.
> Speaking from direct experience, our customers and staff received the
> "renewal notices."  The only way we can see that NSI got the registrant
> information is from whois.  If the data came from some other source then
> whois I would like for NSI to tell me, and all of us, where they got it.
> Until they do, what we have here is compelling circumstantial evidence
> that
> NSI mined the whois data or acquired it from someone else who mined it
> for
> use in this deceptive marketing, and who knows what other purposes.
> When asked directly if Brian supports the use of whois data for this
> purpose, he declines to answer.  When asked directly if he feels that
> the
> marketing campaign was proper, he refuses to answer, even though the US
> courts have ruled against NSI.  Why is it that Brian and NSI can not
> simply
> admit that they made a mistake?  Why won't they say that they won't do
> it
> again.  Do they still have the data?
> It is inconceivable that Brian reports to different people than those
> who
> not just authorized and conducted that "renewal" campaign and who
> continued
> it (to some extent) even after a court ordered them to stop.  Why do
> they
> want Brian on this committee?  Why are they willing to expend resources
> to
> support his membership on this committee? Can you really convince
> yourself
> that it is because they want to benefit all registrars and our industry?
> Do you really believe that Brian will support policies that his
> superiors
> oppose?  Do you really believe he will oppose policies his superiors
> support?  And, most of all, would you support Brian's superiors as
> members
> of the whois privacy committee?  If not, then you should not support
> Brian.
> So here we are today, selecting a representative for the whois "privacy"
> committee.  So far Brian has 8 votes!   Folks, putting Brian Cute on
> this
> committee is just like assigning the fox to guard the henhouse.  As
> others
> have correctly noted, this is not a big-registrar vs small registrar
> issue.
> Its just a right vs wrong issue.  This is wrong.
> Jim
> *************************
> James W. Archer
> http://www.RegistrationTek.com

James W. Archer

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