ICANN considering proposal backed by entertainment industry to restrict private domain registration

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Jun 25, 2015
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  1. icann tweaks domain rules put privacy jeopardy eff domain registrar domain name proxy registration private registration domain registration

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, better known as ICANN, is considering a proposal (PDF) that would restrict the use of proxy registration services typically used to mask a domain owner’s information.

    As it currently stands, ICANN, which serves as the regulatory body for domain names, mandates that all domains registered on the Internet have a public record of ownership on file and accessible via Whois. Domain owners that wish to remain anonymous can use a privacy registration service that populates the required record with its own contact information.

    Registrant Name: Registration Private
    Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
    Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
    Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Registrant City: Scottsdale
    Registrant State/Province: Arizona
    Registrant Postal Code: 85260
    Registrant Country: United States
    Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599

    It’s a workaround that technically adheres to ICANN’s rules and keeps the identity of the domain owner hidden although valid information can still be gathered via court order or subpoena.

    Specifically, the proposal would prohibit the private registration of domains associated with commercial activities and those that are used for online financial transactions. It’s being heavily pushed by the entertainment industry as a way to make it easier to identify and go after copyright and trademark infringers.

    Much of the controversy surrounding the proposal has to do with defining the phrase “commercial activities.” As the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, sites that run advertising – even something as basic as Google AdSense – have been classified as commercial in domain name disputes.

    There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to keep their identity hidden. Those operating controversial websites with polarizing or unpopular opinions would be easy targets for stalkers, trolls and bullies. What’s more, whistleblowers responsible for exposing corruption or crime may find themselves on the end of physical violence if their names got out.

    Privacy advocates, anti-harassment advocates and even domain registration companies have all spoken out against the proposal. If you want your opinion on the matter to be heard, you can fire off an e-mail to comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@icann.org between now and July 7.

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    God darn this is all wrong. What artists, the technical pople like I was not getting paid enough, is all set up their own websites and sell their song downloads for 25 cents found by google search. They'd certainly get more than the penny a song royalty they get in selling cds. Would you buy a song for twenty five cents?
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,379   +286

    Then we can populate it with fake information. I think I might use my dogs credentials instead.
  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67


    What is stopping people for just using the IP Address to access websites?
  5. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 330   +100

    Just a lack of knowledge that they actually can do that.
  6. This is why I believe in the several open DNS initiatives. Frankly, as u see it, I hope ICANN keeps this up... it will be the last straw that breaks them so we can move forward towards an internet that isn't ruled or controlled by anyone, especially a bunch of power hungry morons.

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