[Politech] Milton Mueller on domain registration as privacy blow [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Oct 15 2003 - 05:42:49 PDT

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    Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 23:50:11 -0400
    From: "Milton Mueller" <mueller@private>
    To: <declan@private>
    OK, so the IPR/copyright interests aren't quite grabbing
    for licensing of all Internet use. Yet. But if you register a digital
    identifier (i.e., a domain name), they are trying as hard as
    they can to make the doman name registration into a
    record that they can access at will and require, by force
    of withdrawing the name, to contain up to date an accurate
    information about who you are, where you live, and how
    you can be contacted by phone or email.
    You see, your website might contain copyrighted information,
    or your domain name might resemble a trademark. So that,
    they believe, gives them a right to require all registrars to
    give them (or third party service providers, like Thomson and
    Thomson) bulk access to domain name zone files.
    Not even the drivers' licensing regime requires you to make
    your identity public to anyone who cares to rummage through
    the records searching for some form of misconduct online.
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