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

Karl Auerbach karl at cavebear.com
Wed Jan 19 22:40:59 UTC 2011

On 01/19/2011 02:13 PM, Patrick Vande Walle wrote:

> Agree. Those who want information on domain name owners have to show
> their credentials.

> But again this protection has a cost. The registrar and/or the
> registry would have to process these requests and would transfer the
> costs to the registrants.

The registry or registrar (as appropriate for the business model) could 
require the person making the inquiry to pay an access fee.

A couple of years ago I suggested that those who make inquiries might 
fall into certain classes:

   - Those who make a lot of inquiries as part of a business practice. 
This would perhaps include intellectual property protection attorneys.

   - Those who make a medium level of inquiries but not necessarily in a 
business context.  This could encompass those who are semi-professional 
anti-spam/anti-net fraud fighters.

   - The j-random internet user who just wants to take an occasional look.

Much of the cost of making an inquiry is that of identifying the person 
asking for the data.  Those in the first two categories can arrange to 
pre-identify themselves and thus greatly reduce the per-inquiry costs 
that ought to be charged.

This does not obviate the possible need for a charge that exists simply 
to slow-down those who would abuse the system through mass inquiries.


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