Whois you?

Wired News: False Domain Info May Mean Jail

Apparently, there’s a new bill in Congress designed to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 by requiring stiff penalties for willful violation of copyrights. In this case, “willful” is defined as providing false identification to your domain registrar.

Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don’t! That means that I either have to give my real full name, address and phone number to register my domain (which can be easily displayed by anyone with a simple whois) or make damned certain I don’t accidentally use a copyrighted phrase or image. The penalty for making that kind of “willful” mistake? Up to a $150,000 fine.

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6 Responses to Whois you?

  1. elfchick says:

    or you can use GoDaddy to register your domains and for a few extra bucks have the listing info made private to keep the stalkers away…

  2. Solonor says:

    Yeah, but why should I have to pay extra? *pout*

  3. Scott says:

    We shouldn’t have to pay extra; there should also be an option for unlisted contact information, just like the phones.

    Granted, they’ll charge more for it, even though it’s already there.

  4. mac says:

    I don’t like that one bit. Feh.

  5. elfchick says:

    the only reason it doesn’t bother me is their reg prices are pretty cheap to start with lol…but yeah I’ll give it

    It sucks man…really bad!!!

  6. http://www.ailurophile.com/mainiac/index.php?p=194

    False Domain Info May Mean Jail

    Although this says that they are only going after people who commit crimes, this is still disturbing. After reading this, I immediately went and double-checked my WHOIS info.

    Turns out that the address I have on r…

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