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    Re:.ca Whois Privacy
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday November 24 2004, @01:52PM (#14471)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    You are perfectly free to contact the owner of any domain who elects to publish his/her/its contact information.

    But for those who wish to protect their privacy, it is only reasonable and equitable that you articulate (and produce reasonable support for) a reason to penetrate their privacy and that you leave a valid calling card.

    By-the-way, it is rather ironic that you have posted your comment anonymously.
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    Re:.ca Whois Privacy
    by GeorgeK on Wednesday November 24 2004, @02:42PM (#14472)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    I respectfully disagree, as keeping the WHOIS private shifts the costs of abuse on to the victims. I've written about this a lot in the past [dnso.org], so click that link if you want to see my arguments again. It's all about costs and benefits, and there's a big cost in terms of increased abuse that would result if WHOIS is kept private like that (it doesn't matter so much for .ca, as it's a small ccTLD, but the debate is much more important for .com).

    My "compromise" proposal was that there be at least a public "Legal Contact" for each domain name. This could be a "Domains by Proxy" type solution, a lawyer, or the registrant themselves. They'd be the point man to handle and be responsible for abuse originating from the domain. I think the IP community would be on my side with that compromise, too. Abusers would need to pay a much higher price to proxy their identity, compared to non-abusers (just like bad drivers pay more for insurance). Non-abusers who desired extra privacy would likely pay on the order of $1 or $2/yr more, or in many cases $0 (i.e. many ISPs would charge nothing).

    If you want absolute privacy, don't buy a domain name. A domain name isn't private like your bedroom at home -- it's inherently in the public realm -- the internet is a public network of networks.
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