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Threatening Whois sustainability may lead to compromise

Looks like privacy advocates who would like ICANN to shut down the Whois database will likely draw more chaos than support as their “sunset” proposal is to be voted on by an ICANN committee on Wednesday.  ICANN has been debating the issue of access to Whois for six years, stating that further studies are needed because the database users have evolved to include spammers, trademark violaters and hackers, further complicating the issue of legitimate access and accuracy of registrants. However, the recent deadlock on compromise and the threat of eliminating the database altogether might force a compromise.