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Is WHOIS going to go away?

>I think you should re-examine the early history of the USA.  Anonymous
>pamphleteering was the origin of our rebellion against England,
>with Benjamin Franklin and many of the other founding fathers
>publishing without their identities being registered anywhere.  The
>Federalist Papers which form the basis for our system of government
>were published anonymously.  It's a fundamental part of our liberties.

They did not in fact have the "right" to publish those pamphlets.  They were in fact considered sedition by England.  Just because something was done or seems correct does not make it a legal right.  Freedom of speech is a right, anonymity is not a right, and privacy is not a right you have when you do things in public.  That is simple well established law.

>No COMMERCIAL publisher will do that himself, but any individual
>who wants to may do so.  "Freedom of the Press is guaranteed only
>to those who own one", and with the Internet, for the first time
>in many years, it is again practical to publish anonymously.

And you would be violating the law if it was ruled that your publication was in fact a publication under the law.  Freedom of the Press is not absolute because you do not have the right to violate MY rights by publishing slanderous materials, you do not have the right to communicate a threat.  Publications are responsible for what they say.  That is also well established law.

Freedom of the Press does not equal right to anonymity.

>It is the entrenched powers who want to require strict identification
>of all sources.

ICANN already has all of the data and they report to the world governments ultimately.  ICANN is a non-profit corporation under California law so ultimately whatever they do is subject to US law and they could be compelled to comply with California or US court orders.  I would say the powers that be already have the data. 

>I refer you to the Electronic Frontier Foundation website, and to
>the Internet law blog, and the Reporters Committee for freedom of
>the press, and any good American History book for further information.
>	- Brian

I refer you to the LAW of whatever country you are in.  They don't care what the EFF thinks and that blog won't keep you out of jail.

Steven Naslund