Whois -ICANN motions
I am writing to say that I strongly support ICANN Motion 2 which means that no changes will be made to Whois without more consideration. I am a lawyer and find the Whois system invaluable in my practice. We use it for the following reasons: 1. To find out who owns a particular domain name in the event of suspected trade-mark infringement. 2. To find out if the party purporting to own a particular domain name actually does, in instances where our client is buying the assets of another party. 3. To find out who owns a domain name in the event that our client wishes to purchase it. This information enables us to surmise whether it seems to be owned by a person who collects domain names or by a company that is actually intending on using it in business. 4. The owner information also enables us to "Google" the owner and find out if they are a known "cyber-squatter" or a legitimate business person prior to entering into negotiations. 5. It also enables us to easily ensure that our clients have registered their own domain names in the appropriate company name. I do not think any of this is a breach of privacy. In the trade-mark system, which is similar, the Trade-marks register shows the name and address of the trade-mark owner for all to see. I do not see how the ownership information for domain names is any different. In fact I wish there was some way to search a domain name database to find all domain names owned by a particular party as there is on the Trade-marks registry. This would assist particularly in points 2 and 5 above. In conclusion I think that the Whois registry information should be expanded rather than contracted and that it should reflect the kind of information, and type of search capabilities, found on most Trade-marks registries around the world. Thank you. Sharon Groom McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP Brookfield Place, Suite 4400 Bay Wellington Tower, 181 Bay St. Toronto, Ontario Canada M5J 2T3 Direct Tel: 416 865-7152 Fax: 416 865-7048 E mail: sharon.groom@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:sharon.groom@xxxxxxxxx> This e-mail may contain confidential information and any rights to privilege have not been waived.