Comments of News Corporation on the Purpose of Whois
News Corporation, a global multi-media company with an expanding presence on the Internet, has a long-standing practice of using the Whois database for several purposes, including to monitor and conduct IP infringement and network security investigations. If our ability to use the Whois database for these purposes is restricted it would limit our ability to respond in a timely manner to threats to our company and the overall security and stability of the Internet. Moreover, the experience of Internet users would be compromised as they would not benefit from the smooth functioning of the Internet in general and News Corporation's websites in particular, e.g. the inability to access a website that is the subject of a DDoS attack. Finally, maintaining the current scope of permissible Whois uses preserves scarce government resources, since it helps companies like News Corporation to investigate and seek to resolve illegal and potentially criminal online activity using its own resources. This conserves those scarce government resources for the small subset of these cases which cannot be resolved without the initiation of a lawsuit or other court proceedings, or a criminal prosecution. With the above in mind, News Corporation supports the broader purpose of Whois as set forth in the second option of the Whois Task Force's Preliminary Report. If the first option were to be adopted the beneficial uses that News Corporation now makes of the Whois database would become much more difficult and often impossible. ----------------------------------------- This message and its attachments may contain legally privileged or confidential information. It is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to the addressee), you may not copy or deliver this message or its attachments to anyone. Rather, you should permanently delete this message and its attachments and kindly notify the sender by reply e-mail. Any content of this message and its attachments that does not relate to the official business of News America Incorporated or its subsidiaries must be taken not to have been sent or endorsed by any of them. No representation is made that this email or its attachments are without defect.