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Incorrect Whois info = 5 years jail time
...but how would they find me...

 10:07 am on May 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Internet users who knowingly submit incorrect contact information when registering Web addresses could face up to five years in jail under legislation introduced in the House of Representatives this week.

Source [bizreport.com]



 10:48 am on May 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

HA! I would love to see them try and enforce that! Until they can guarantee no Spam or no mining they have no chance at passing this law. I think it will die in the House.

If by some miracle it did get signed into law... I think it would be found unconstitutional.


 11:57 am on May 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Exactly. I put a real email address in the first domain I used. I learned my lesson quickly and painfully. Now they are all hotmail/yahoo accounts that get filled eveery couple of days.


 4:38 pm on May 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Does anything ever get passed in the house? It is a way for congressmen and women to act like they are working on internet issues.


 1:15 am on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

I recently received a registration notice from a registra that was not the host of my IP nor the originating company of the registration.

The notice forwarded - changed one character of the orginal domain and informed me that this domain had expired and someone else wishes to register it and I needed to act now to retain ownership.

Knowing that this was not my domain I went to whois @ Register.com and found that my company's info was indeed listed as the current owner (which we are not).

In addition, a follow up notice (snail mail) confirmed this as well. Also notice that Verisign logo was on the notice - although not their normal letterhead.

Has anyone else received such notice - e-mails or otherwise?


 5:50 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think it's a terrific piece of legislation..

Thats where the spammers HIDE ...you want to do LEGIT business then you have no qualms about being honest in WHO you are, WHERE you are, and your CONTACT info ..it SHOULD be legislated ..

The WORST spam is from the LARGE corporations IMO..

The web isnt the blackmarket..you shouldnt be able to "hide" and do business covertly...

You CANT start a REAL B&M business without giving your correct info..thios is no different..


 5:52 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

I still register domain names with incorrect contact info couz people dont need to know how I am. hehehe give me jail for keeping my privacy.


 6:35 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks toolman for letting me know that the "truth" is not allowed..


 6:37 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

dauction, please check your stickymail.


 6:43 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

My apologies toolman..NFFC removed my post..

Off to a less agitating discussion...


 8:47 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>>>you shouldnt be able to "hide" and do business covertly

THE main reason I think most webmasters do this is to thwart the punks who go around turning in everybody who beats them in the serps in as SPAMMERS. Fact is, by having multiple domains you can acheive an advantage.....what kind of businessman would pass that up?


 8:53 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Don't forget avoiding junk mail & email spam...

Three ways to dramatically multiply the amount of postal & email junk you recieve:

1. Register a domain name with your real contact info in Whois. (either the registrar will sell their database ala NetSol, or spammers will auto-query it for your info)

2. Register for a business license with your US State gov't. (I assume it's either public record, or the state dep't of revenue is selling THEIR db.)

3. Put up a website with your real contact info on it. (love those spam spiders...)


 9:05 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

I wonder if they will try to draw the connection between a domain name and a business license.


 9:21 pm on May 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

That would be very funny, considering I have a .com business name for a domain I don't own...

So far it's mostly credit card companies hitting me up at the business license contact address. (LOL... I own the only barconference.com promotional pen in existence, because the promo pen company sent me a sample!)

Purple Martin

 6:06 am on May 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Interesting. I just realised that I couldn't remember what info I'd put on my own domain (www.myrealname.com) so I just looked myself up and found that I'd put my real physical home address and my real e-mail address. The wierd thing is that I've NEVER had any spam (snail-mail or e-mail) to those addresses! I can only assume this is because I'd selected "No" to the question "I choose to have my name included in the Bulk WhoIs data licensed to third parties". I can't help but wonder if people who get spammed to their whois e-mail address have answered "Yes" to that question.

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