[arin-ppml] IPv4 Transfer Policy Change to Keep Whois Accurate

Mike Burns mike at nationwideinc.com
Thu May 19 19:52:42 EDT 2011

Hi Owen,

> You suggested that the historical experience of the DNS registry was 
> applicable, but I still have not seen an apples-to-apples comparison 
> worthy of providing insights. For the DNS registry to inform us, we would 
> have to compare an experience of  for-pay DNS registries *with a needs 
> test* to for-pay DNS registries *without a needs test*.

That is available. The DNS administered for a fee by NSI retained the needs 
basis for several months and there was
no descent into chaos observed. The descent into madness occurred when WIPO 
got involved and the UDRP started
developing. It was about this time that the needs-basis aspect of DNS 
administration was also abandoned as part of
the efforts by WIPO to make domain names part of the trademark namespace(s).


Right, so there were many changes happening in the DNS transition that make 
it impossible to isolate the effects of removing needs requirements on the 
accuracy of whois. Such as increasing registrations by three orders of 


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