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Username: Mark_P
Date/Time: Tue, July 11, 2000 at 3:16 AM GMT
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Subject: IPC Comments


      I have followed this debate re Intellectual Property and Internet for many years. The IP holders (well, at least the large, commercial IP holders) seem to think that the protection of IP and the use of the Internet for commercial purposes is the sole raison d'etre of the Internet.


Whois database being publically accessible. I am totally opposed and believe the BPG has this right. The Internet is used for many purposes much more important than the interests of the IP constituency, including human rights reporting and whistleblowing. Beyond this, in many countries there is no requirement for an offline 'publisher' to include their details on a 'publication', so why on the Internet? Publishers are not law enforcers - as with filtering issues, I am totally opposed to the privatization of law enforcement.

As for false contact data, when offline publishers can be prosecuted for not updating their contact details, then maybe I would be more sympathetic.

Mark Perkins


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