public display of Whois information
Dear Telnic and Mr. Twomey: I?m writing to voice my objection to the proposal to restrict public access to the WhoIs data. To launch these proposed changes would give trademark infringers and pirates of intellectual property the upper hand, and place an even greater burden of enforcement on the rightful brand owner. If it is necessary for private Registrars to increase revenue, then it would be more beneficial to rightful trademark owners if Registrars were to raise the cost of a domain registration, especially a <.com> domain, to a level that would help to deter third party infringers from registering them in the first place. If the WhoIs data is restricted from public access, then it will be important for ICANN to take steps to restrict repeat offenders. For example, those with 3 or more UDRP decisions against them should be prohibited from filing any new domain registrations worldwide for a year. Without any regulation in place, it becomes unduly burdensome on law abiding corporations and public persons to track down infringers and stop them, while the identity of the infringing party is cloaked in secrecy and there is no penalty for their actions. Sincerely, Anita Marlin Belmont, California U.S.A.