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Re: High volume WHOIS queries

  • From: Bill Nash
  • Date: Tue Mar 01 09:50:13 2005

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Paul G wrote:

point - they're trying to restrict the practicality of
attempting to harvest
the data and an open to the public whois server with no
access restrictions
would defeat that.

I don't know that this is the case, I suspect it's
resource management. If the database is getting
slaughtered by applications on uncontrolled auto pilot,
it's unusable for the rest of us.
well, the OP quoted a portion of the aup that requires bulk
whois data recipients to take measures to prevent harvesting,
so i presume that arin does care about that and, in fact, that
consideration is likely the reason they declined to permit the
OP to run *his own* whoisd off of his *local* copy of the data.
If memory serves, that restriction didn't appear until spam became a problem. The verbiage in the AUP is there to give ARIN recourse in the event that some spammer, and it has happened, runs a harvest against domain names or serialized NIC handles to seed a spam source.

- billn




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