com/net Whois format change notice

Matt Larson mlarson at
Fri Mar 24 15:44:19 UTC 2006

On March 30, VeriSign will upgrade its Whois service for .com and
.net, which will now reflect registration activity in the .com and
.net registry databases in near real-time.  We are announcing this
upgrade because the Whois output format will change slightly at the
same time and we want to give notice to anyone who may have to update
processes that parse this output.

A sample of the revised output is included at the end of this message.

Matt Larson <mlarson at>
VeriSign Information Services

[Sample output follows.]

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with
many different competing registrars. Go to for
detailed information.

   Domain Name: VERISIGN.COM
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.CRSNIC.NET
   Name Server: BAY-W1-INF5.VERISIGN.NET
   EPP Status: clientDeleteProhibited
   EPP Status: clientUpdateProhibited
   EPP Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 19-Nov-2004
   Creation Date: 02-Jun-1995
   Expiration Date: 01-Jun-2012

>>> Last update of whois database: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:58:54 UTC <<<

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry
is currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the
expiration date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the
sponsoring registrar.  Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's
Whois database to view the registrar's reported date of expiration for
this registration.

TERMS OF USE: You are not authorized to access or query our Whois
database through the use of electronic processes that are high-volume
and automated except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or
modify existing registrations; the Data in VeriSign Global Registry
Services' ("VeriSign") Whois database is provided by VeriSign for
information purposes only, and to assist persons in obtaining
information about or related to a domain name registration record.
VeriSign does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a Whois query,
you agree to abide by the following terms of use: You agree that you may
use this Data only for lawful purposes and that under no circumstances
will you use this Data
to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail,
telephone, or facsimile; or (2) enable high volume, automated,
electronic processes that apply to VeriSign (or its computer systems).
The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is
expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of VeriSign. You
agree not to use electronic processes that are automated and high-volume
to access or query the Whois database except as reasonably necessary to
register domain names or modify existing registrations. VeriSign
reserves the right to restrict your access to the Whois database in its
sole discretion to ensure operational stability.  VeriSign may restrict
or terminate your access to the Whois database for failure to abide by
these terms of use. VeriSign reserves the right to modify these terms at
any time.

The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and

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