[At-Large] Issue Report on Thick Whois

Lutz Donnerhacke lutz at iks-jena.de
Mon Nov 28 17:09:59 UTC 2011

* Alan Greenberg wrote:
> Thanks. Regarding proxy registrations, some people read the current 
> contracts as not allowing them, but that is moot at this point, since 
> they have been going on for a long time now and ICANN has never tried 
> to stop them. Certainly for .net and .com, it is far too late to put 
> the genie back in the bottle. So no change from thin to thick whois 
> is going to alter the current situation. Or at least, that is how I read it.

It's a matter of interpretation. Proxies "replace" the Domain owner, so they
*are* the domain holder in the contract model of ICANN. OTOH privacy
services hide some of the required records in the WHOIS data. Lacking a
formal definition within ICANN, privacy services produce incorrect entries.

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