NSI Bulletin 098-010 | Update on Whois

Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998 13:32:31 -0400
From: Dean Anderson <dean@av8.com>
Sender: owner-nanog@merit.edu

Actually, I think this issue dates back to when Network Solutions thought
they "owned" the database, and had some plans to sell it. There was a lot
of pushback to that idea, which they eventually dropped. But they have
still resisted letting anyone else have the full database.

I don't think they are actually concerned so much with abuse as they are
with trying to maintain or establish a proprietary control over the
database. Of course, "abuse prevention" is a good cover for proprietary

ESnet had no problems getting access to the databases from NSI. We
just asked, explained why we wanted access and promised not to use it
improperly. I think we had a password to FTP the files in less than a

This does not sound like "proprietary control" (though I'm unsure what
this is).

R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman@es.net Phone: +1 510 486-8634