- To: <whois-comments-2007@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Whois information
- From: "Maria Crimi Speth" <mcs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 17:58:56 -0700
It is vital that whois databases continue to display the contact
information for domain ownership. Trademark owners, business owners,
and consumers, have the right, and indeed the need, to know who is the
owner of a particular website. There are many many reasons for this
need. First, one can not know whether to trust the website information
or products without knowing who is providing the information. For
example, if a website provides a statistic that I want to rely on in my
research, the accuracy or bias of that statistic must be considered in
light of the source.
The single most important reason to know who is operating a website is
to know who is responsible if that website violates the law. When a
website is violating my client's trademark rights or copyrights, it is
imperative that we have the ability to quickly ascertain the operator of
the website in order to file for injunctive relief.
While the internet is a wonderful tool for freedom of speech, it can be
abused by those who use it to violate the rights of others. If whois
information was more difficult of obtain, those violators will likely
become more prevelant. Indeed, the current system of permitting privacy
domains is being widely used by intellectual property infringers, those
who are defaming others, and even criminals.
Maria Crimi Speth, Esq.
Jaburg & Wilk, P.C.
3200 N. Central Ave., Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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