Policy Proposal 2003-9: WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Status: Abandoned

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Formal introduction on PPML on 6 March 2003

On 22 Jan. 2004, this policy was moved into the new Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process (IRPEP) and was being worked on by the AC.

Author posted a last call petition on 27 May 2004
Petition unsuccessful - 14 June 2004

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William Leibzon

This proposal obsoletes current bulk WHOIS policy 2002-4 and changes current Bulk WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to become general WHOIS Acceptable Use policy that would apply to all WHOIS queries.

In particular:

1. ARIN should create and publish on its website "WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy" that will apply to any type of access to ARIN WHOIS database. This AUP policy should include:

  1. Information on appropriate use of WHOIS data only for purposes of research and Internet operations.
  2. Information on inappropriate use of WHOIS data such as for advertising, direct marketing, marketing research or similar purposes.
  3. Information on restrictions for redistribution of ARIN WHOIS data by third parties in order to insure such redistributed data is used in accordance with requirements of this policy.
  4. Information on procedures and actions ARIN may take if WHOIS AUP is not followed.

2. Automated Internet-based access to WHOIS data with individual queries (such as by using WHOIS protocol) should include a one-line statement that data is provided and can only be used according to 'ARIN WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy' with a link to where the policy is published on the ARIN website. All other access to WHOIS data must include entire ARIN WHOIS AUP.

3. A policy for bulk WHOIS access should be published on ARIN website as follows:

"Access to the entire WHOIS database or large portion of it may be obtained by any organization or individual provided that this organization or individual agrees in writing to ARIN WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy. WHOIS data provided under bulk WHOIS access will not include any information that is marked as private. Access to WHOIS data may be by way of:

  1. Individual WHOIS queries
  2. FTP or other type of download
  3. Hard media distribution (such as CD-ROM)

Access provided by means of the public Internet must require authentication if the protocol being used supports it. ARIN may request authentication information be changed on a regular basis for those who desire repeat access to the bulk data. Bulk WHOIS requests for CD-ROM or similar hard media delivery must be filled out and signed individually for each request and ARIN may charge an appropriate fee to cover media and labor costs."