[arin-ppml] Whois Archival Policy?

Scott Leibrand sleibrand at internap.com
Wed Jun 18 11:59:40 EDT 2008

(As another individual) I would favor making historical whois query 
answers generally available to the public, just as current whois query 
answers are.  I don't see any need for a special manual process with 
restrictions, but am of course willing to change my mind if presented 
with solid arguments that an open query mechanism would be more open to 
abuse than the current system.


Owen DeLong 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.
> 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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