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    In Historic Vote on WHOIS Purpose, Reformers Win by 2/3 Majority | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 7 comments | Search Discussion
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    Statutory authority?
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday April 12 2006, @12:49PM (#16682)
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    I'd like the US delegation to ICANN's GAC to articulate, chapter and verse, with precision and depth, the legal basis, if any, on which it partipates in a policy-making role on a committee of a private corporation.

    In the US we pay our yearly taxes in three days. And I really don't want my government spending my tax money flying around the world attending meetings when it has no legal basis for doing so.
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    It's not that the glass is half empty...
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday April 12 2006, @06:52PM (#16689)
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    ...it's the wrong glass.

    Yes, within the terms of the ICANN universe this a rare, huge, important, win for sanity.

    But consider -- what is being advocated here is (as a definitional matter) nothing more than the status quo ante; the "purpose" of Whois voted by a 2/3 majority is exactly the one that the Internet's founders imagined.

    So let's not get too excited. The "progress" here is merely a step towards undoing harms done during the period of ICANN 'stewardship' over the root. Had ICANN been faithful to the original purpose of Whois, instead of caving to the IP lobby, we'd have had privacy protection for whois years ago. Instead, it's still a long way away -- if it ever materializes.

    I congratulate the participants in the GNSO for their Sitzfleisch, but it's two cheers at most.
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    Stupid decision
    by FatMixG on Thursday May 18 2006, @05:59AM (#16779)
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    This decision will result in increased costs to some business. Now subpoena's will be required to obtain the information for legitimate trademark owners, copyright owners and victims of libel in order to find out who is violating thier rights. Even domain disputes may become difficult. What's the big deal, if you form a corporation you usually have to provide some contact information which is publicly available in most states.
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