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Re: dmca takedown, was: Recommended VPS ISPs?

On Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:24:11 +0000 (UTC)
Sven Olaf Kamphuis <sven@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> whois is a tool for providers to figure out whom to contact in case
> of network issues, not for attorneys to prove anything, as it's not
> an official, government maintained database anyway, but rather
> something you can perfectly well insert mickey mouse into if you want
> to. it was never intended to legally identify individuals, and yet
> this is what they claim in a lot of their emails...

are you talking especially about dutch law? 

at least in the UK whois is often used in court cases. i am aware of at
least one very recent case where a whois was the only basis to deliver a
high court injunction to a registered postal address.

also, nominet (the .uk registrar) is suspending domains of "whois
entries" they consider to be wrong.