Is WHOIS going to go away?
Aaron C. de Bruyn
aaron at heyaaron.com
Fri Apr 20 20:36:37 UTC 2018
On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:53 PM Keith Medcalf <kmedcalf at dessus.com> wrote:
> This last statement is entirely untrue. WHOIS provides information as to
> the PUBLISHER (such as one would find on the masthead of a newspaper).
> This is, ought to be, and should remain, public information.
Oh, so I'm a newspaper now? Or are you telling me there's some magical
setting in media publishing that prevents someone from hitting 'print'
without attaching an identifying masthead?
I as an individual should be able to register whatever site I want without
filing to become a corporation to protect my identity from nutjobs on the
internet if I so desire. Anyone with legal concerns about the content I
might publish can hire a lawyer, get a warrant, and reveal who owns
xyz.tld. Not that registering as a corporation protects your private
But in all other forms of media I *can* protect my identity.
I can publish a podcast, get interviewed by the news media with my face
blurred, type up a crazy manifesto and distribute leaflets through town,
take out an Ad in a newspaper, etc...
You still need to "get a warrant" (or a rubber hose) as you so quaintly put
> it to ascertain the origination of the information published.
Am I misunderstanding the incessant yearly emails I get from my registrar
warning me that I better be using valid information? What part of whois
requires a warrant to view that information?
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