[dns-operations] Problems resolving .gov using DLV

David Conrad drc at virtualized.org
Fri Mar 20 00:26:40 UTC 2009

On Mar 19, 2009, at 10:13 AM, Paul Vixie wrote:

>> Just a point of clarification: I believe the RIRs (also purported  
>> to be
>> "public benefit not for profit" companies) copyright and place  
>> terms of
>> use on the information they provide via whois to (presumably) try to
>> limit abuse.
> you're right, which is why i referred to it as a compilation  
> copyright.
> but no RIR has yet declared ownership of the underlying discrete  
> information
> nor said that the people who submitted it don't control its terms of  
> use.

And, of course, neither has IANA.

I believe there is an implicit assumption that folks who give their  
trust anchors to IANA are intending for those trust anchors to be made  
available to anyone, including folks like ISC who take that data and  
republish it without notice. I suspect there is also the implicit  
assumption that republishers will keep up to date and won't muck with  
the data in any way.  Given the environment in which IANA exists, I  
suppose it would be prudent for IANA to make these implicit  
assumptions explicit (that is, that IANA make it clear to folks  
submitting their trust anchors to the ITAR that the data may be  
republished by third parties without notice and when this occurs, IANA  
has no responsibility for the third parties).  I'd be surprised if  
anyone declines to publish their trust anchor due to this sort of  
proviso, but I've been surprised in the past...


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