[At-Large] 9th Circuit Court ruling on ICANN Contract.

Karl Auerbach karl at cavebear.com
Wed Dec 22 17:54:56 UTC 2010

On 12/22/2010 09:33 AM, Bill Silverstein wrote:
>> On 19 Dec 2010, at 19:51, Derek Smythe wrote:

>> Yes we all know there are criminals out there, but there are plenty of
>> other ways to get to them other than WHOIS of a domain name.
> Ok. How? And why should there be a need?
> If you buy a house, but put it under my name to avoid a judgment against
> you, can you cry when the IRS (the US taxing authority) seizes the house
> because my outstanding tax bill?

Are we going to become an internet of vigilante justice?

One can always construct a case to justify the destruction of privacy, 
particularly the privacy of natural people.  And for each of those cases 
there are probably thousands of counter examples that are never uttered.

Civil plaintiffs and criminal prosecutors ought to be required to 
initiate proper judicially overseen discovery or obtain proper 
subpoenaes and warrants asking "whose your daddy".  Unless they do they 
don't, at least in my book, get much credit for arguments that privacy 
gets in their way.

I've heard too many internet vigilantes justify the metaphoric noose 
because proper procedure and trial would be too slow and troublesome.

I'm all for hanging the evil doers high - see 
http://www.cavebear.com/cbblog-archives/000236.html - but only after 
proper and fair process.


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