[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-9: WHOIS Acceptable Use
ARIN welcomes feedback and discussion about the following policy
proposal in the weeks leading to the ARIN Public Policy Meeting
in Memphis, Tennessee, scheduled for April 7-8, 2003. All feedback
received on the mailing list about this policy proposal will be
included in the discussions that will take place at the upcoming
Public Policy Meeting.
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Director of Operations
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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Policy Proposal 2003-9: WHOIS Acceptable Use
This proposal changes current Bulk WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy to
become general WHOIS Acceptable Use policy that would apply to all
1. A new acceptable use policy called "WHOIS Acceptable Use Policy"
is to be published on ARIN website as follows:
"The ARIN WHOIS Data is for Internet operations and technical
research purposes pertaining to Internet Operations only. It may
not be used for advertising, direct marketing, marketing research
or similar purposes. Use of ARIN WHOIS data for these activities
is explicitly forbidden. ARIN requests to be notified of any such
activities or suspicions thereof.
ARIN reserves the right to restrict access to the WHOIS database
in its sole discretion to ensure operational stability. ARIN may
restrict or terminate your access to the WHOIS database for failure
2. Access to WHOIS data with individual queries (such as by using
WHOIS protocol) must in the output either include entire 'ARIN WHOIS
Acceptable Use Policy' in the comments or provide 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 ARIN website.
3. High frequency individual query access and access to either
entire WHOIS database or large portion of it must be provided with
authentication to persons and organizations authorized by ARIN.
These organizations must sign 'Acceptable Use Policy for Bulk Copies
of ARIN WHOIS Data' agreement which shall include 'WHOIS Acceptable
Use Policy' and additional statement that
"Redistributing bulk ARIN WHOIS Data is explicitly forbidden. It is
permissible to publish data on an individual query or small number
of queries at a time basis as long as reasonable precautions are
taken to prevent automated querying by database harvesters"
Organizations that need access to ARIN WHOIS data on regular basis
maybe required to resubmit the agreement on monthly basis at which
time authentication settings may need to be changed.