from the subterfuge-shadows-black-ops-shhhh dept.
Logic Bomb writes: "CNN is hosting an interesting article from the Associated Press about WHOIS records. Privacy advocates do not like that the owner of a domain name, along with personal contact information, must be made public. It's an interesting issue embodying some larger debates, like whether one truly "owns" a domain name. A justification for public databases of registrants, given by one person quoted in the article, is that the domain name system is a public resource, and therefore you only own the right to use a domain name, not the name itself. People have a right to know who is controlling elements of a public resource, so whois records should be open to all."
"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish
it wasn't this one."
-- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN