[arin-ppml] Whois Archival Policy?

heather skanks heather.skanks at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 12:15:20 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:

> From: http://www.47-usc-230c2.org
> (Seven weeks ago, during my phone conversation with ARIN officials relating
> to the *SF Bay Packet Radio* IP address block, I requested from ARIN a
> copy of their archived WHOIS record for the IP address
> block, as it existed on any date prior to the formation of Mr. Mulligan's
> *SF Bay Packet Radio, LLC*. ARIN declined my request on the basis of their
> lack of a "policy" under which such archival and formerly publicly available
> WHOIS data could be provided by ARIN to members of the media or other
> interested parties.)
> I'd like to find out from members of the community how they feel about the
> idea of having such a policy.

Such a policy already exists.  NRPM 3.1


3.1. Bulk Copies of ARIN's WHOIS

ARIN will provide a bulk copy of WHOIS output, including point of contact
information, on the ARIN site for download by any organization that wishes
to obtain the data providing they agree to ARIN's acceptable use policy.
This point of contact information will not include data marked as private.

[The Request Form for ARIN Bulk WHOIS Data, which contains the Acceptable
Use Policy (AUP) for Bulk Copies of ARIN WHOIS Data, can be found at:


> Should we develop a policy allowing ARIN to release historical WHOIS
> records?

> Should there be  any restrictions on the circumstances under which ARIN
> would do so?
> If so, what should those restrictions be?
> My initial inclination is that since this is entirely data which was, at
> one time, publicly available, publishing it again is entirely appropriate. I
> can even see some valid use cases for a "whois wayback machine", such as
> wanting to know the history of an address block.
> In fairness, I have not yet asked ARIN staff about the difficulty of making
> such data available, so, I don't know whether this is feasible or not. I
> would, first, like to get a sense from the community of how they feel about
> development of such a policy.
> Thanks,
> Owen DeLong
> (Note: This is not a communication from the AC, it is my own individual
> question)
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