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Sentan Whois display

  • To: <net-rfp-general@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Sentan Whois display
  • From: "Tindal, Richard" <richard.tindal@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 12:08:26 -0500

This is in response to the comments raised by ASCAP and AIPLA with regards to 
free and full access to Whois information.   We believe the writers have 
misinterpreted Sentan's Whois bid.   As we make clear in various sections of 
our proposal, including draft Appendix O, Part 2 Section 5(b)(xii) and Part 2, 
Section 7(iii), Sentan commits to displaying a full, thick whois database just 
as NeuLevel currently provides for .biz,  if required by ICANN.   This thick 
display would exceed what is presently made available by the incumbent's thin 
registry display for .net.   Under our proposal, intellectual property owners 
and law enforcement would no longer be forced to search each registrar's 
database to find the identity of the registrant but could gain such information 
directly from the registry.

Perhaps the writers were confused by our proposal for a "modified thick 
display", if such proposal is approved by ICANN.  The .net RFP asked each of 
the applicants to propose enhancements to the .net registry.  Each of these 
enhancements being subject to ICANN approval.  One of the enhancements we 
proposed was the creation of a "modified thick display."  If accepted by ICANN, 
the modified thick display would contain all of the information in a thin 
registry, plus the name, organization and postal address of the registrant.  It 
is important to keep in mind that this additional information is currently not 
provided by the incumbent registry operator.   To the extent such information 
is available today, it is available through registrars and not through the 
registry.  Our modified thick display would provide a central, openly 
accessible system for information regarding a particular domain.  Any 
information not provided through our modified thick display would, as it is 
today, be available from the applicable registrar.   
In our proposal we make clear, and I emphasize this again, that we will operate 
a fully thick display should ICANN require this.  Furthermore, both of our 
display options, the thick display and the modified thick display, provide end 
users of the Whois service with more information than is currently provided by 
the incumbent. 
I hope this addresses ASCAP and AIPLA concerns regarding our Whois proposal.
Richard Tindal

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