ACSP Consultation 2009.3: ARIN's Bulk WHOIS AUP

Consultation Tracking Information

  • Requested By: Staff
  • Status: Closed
  • Comments Opened: Linked to Discussion Archives: 27 July 2009
  • Comments Closed: 14 August 2009
  • Suggestion Number: n/a

Consultation Description

ARIN is seeking community input regarding changes to the Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) for bulk copies of ARIN WHOIS data as found on the Bulk WHOIS Request Form, available at

Presently, ARIN specifically prohibits redistribution of bulk WHOIS data. ARIN has recently determined that under some circumstances, it may be beneficial for one organization that has received bulk WHOIS data to provide it, subject to ARIN’s express written permission, to another person/organization for conducting Internet operations or technical research. ARIN would maintain oversight on the usage of the data and require adherence to the Bulk WHOIS AUP, which the recipient organization must also sign.

As a result, ARIN is suggesting the following addition to the AUP:

“Distribution of derivative data is only permitted with express written of permission of ARIN and under the same terms as this AUP.”

This change would allow redistribution when the use of the data is consistent with the AUP. The AUP with suggested text highlighted, can be found here:  

ARIN is seeking comments regarding this proposed change through the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process, available at:

Please submit your comments to the You can subscribe to the arin-consult mailing list at:

Discussion on will close at noon EDT, 14 August 09.

We welcome community-wide participation. Please address any process questions to

ARIN Actions

17 August 2009

ARIN thanks the community for its input regarding updating the Bulk WHOIS AUP to include the following:

“Distribution of derivative data is only permitted with express written permission of ARIN and under the same terms as this AUP.”

Based on the feedback received, by 15 September ARIN plans to include the expanded AUP on the request form for Bulk WHOIS recipients. Those who have a current signed agreement are welcome to sign the new form to take advantage of the changes to the AUP.