Motion on WHOIS database
Dear ICANN, Costco Wholesale Corporation, or its affiliates and subsidiaries, owns several internationally registered trademarks and several hundred domain names. We use the whois database many times each week, primarily to investigate potential trademark-infringing uses in domain names owned by others, but also for other purposes. While we are often frustrated at irreconcilable or apparently incorrect information contained in whois data, we do find the data quite useful when it is accurate. Please do not eliminate requirements that registrars display accurate domain name contact information. If the objective is to prevent abuse on the Internet--abuse of any kind (not just trademark infringement)--eliminating that requirement would be a clear step in the wrong direction. Very truly yours, Leigh Fulwood Corporate Counsel Costco Wholesale 999 Lake Drive Issaquah, WA 98027 phone: 425.313.6504 fax: 425.313.8114 cell: 206.372.5927 This message may contain attorney-client privileged and/or confidential information. Please do not forward or redistribute it or any attachment outside of the group of individuals with a need for it. If you have received this message in error, please delete it.