ICANN Whois System
________________________________ Dear Sirs, Through INTA it has been brought to my attention that on October 31, 2007 that ICANN's policy advisory body (the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council) will vote on three motions that will determine the future structure of the domain name and Whois system. After having reviewed the three motions I have come to the conclusion that I am clearly in favor of Motion 2. There can be no doubt about that fact non whatsoever that it's extremely important for the clients of the Novagraaf Group having 12 offices in five European countries - Netherlands, Belgium, UK, France and Switzerland - to be able to have and maintain free access to the Whois database containing contact and owner details for all existing generic Top-Level Domain Name registrations. Same should be the case with respect to future new Top-Level domains. In the day to day practice same does enable us to take swift action against any party violating e.g. the IP rights of our clients which in fact is becoming a matter of growing concern. No doubt you will also be aware of the fact that nowadays corporations have to spent large sums of money to act against infringing parties. If it would be decided to limit the access to the Whois records our clients would be forced to spent even more money to stop misuse of their IP rights. Considering that nowadays it's becoming easier for our clients to have access to all kind of records it would be remarkable to say at the least if ICANN would choose to go into opposite direction!. Hence I strongly support Motion 2! Yours truly, Gerard J. van Hulst Director Global Accounts Novagraaf Nederland B.V. tel.: + 31 (0)20 5641430 fax.: + 31 (0)20 6962303 e-mail: g.vanhulst@xxxxxxxxxxxx The information contained in this communication is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and others authorised to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. Novagraaf Nederland BV is neither liable for the proper and complete transmission of the information contained in this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.