[At-Large] protecting domain speculators from oversight

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu Jan 24 15:46:48 UTC 2013

Hi, Karl.  Could you just answer the question without changing the topic?

Do you think that the identity of corporate speculators that own domains, 
including your typosquatting clients, should be public or secret?

For extra credit, don't use the word "gun" in the answer.


> On 01/23/2013 07:42 PM, John R. Levine wrote:
>>> As I have mentioned, if one can seal or opt out of publication of gun
>>> ownership data then the case is even stronger that WHOIS data should be
>>> sealed or that people should be able to opt-out.
>> Hi, Karl.  Does this also apply to the 99.99% or so of domains whose
>> registrants are not natural persons?  I'm thinking, for example, of the
>> large pools of domains you mentioned a few days ago that belong to your
>> clients who use them for monetized typosquats.
> Except for the accusation of "typosquating" - an accusation that is for
> the most part imaginary and unfounded - yes, if gun registrations are
> private than so should be domain registrations. ...

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