The WHOIS database and access
As an intellectual-property lawyer, I have occasion to use WHOIS from time to time. Ready identification of domain-name ownership and related particulars facilitates legal and commercial negotiations and investigations of many different sorts and saves clients money that would otherwise be spent in laboriously tracking down such particulars. The WHOIS information available is "bare bones" and should not violate anyone's right of privacy. Indeed, it seems likely that anyone objecting to sharing this bare-bones information might well be pursuing illegal activities using a website to support such activities. I oppose any change in the present WHOIS system or in the present categories of information publicly available. However, if a prospective change is to be contemplated, it is important that it be given the fullest possible study before its implementation. Robert H. Barrigar Barrigar Intellectual Property Law www.barrigar.com 604-689-9255 (Vancouver) 250-389-0387 (Victoria) Kindly respect the confidentiality of this message. If directed to an allied solicitor or to a client or to anyone who may be working on a client file, this message is privileged.