Is Muddleworks scanning your DNS too?
mayer at gis.net
Mon Dec 2 03:10:21 UTC 2002
At 10:49 PM 11/30/02, Joseph S D Yao wrote:
>On Sat, Nov 30, 2002 at 08:45:03PM -0500, Danny Mayer wrote:
> > At 10:59 AM 11/29/02, Joseph S D Yao wrote:
> > > > What is the status of DNS data? Is it in the public domain? Or is
> > > > it implicitly copyright, but made available for limited use (similar
> > > > to the data in published telephone directories).
> > >
> > >Data in published telephone books is the property of the telephone
> > >company, not of the subscriber. Is this theft?
> > I believe that telephone numbers, at least in the US, are still owned by
> > the telephone company. You just have the right to use it.
>I believe that it's a little more complicated than that - telephone
>numbers are regulated by some telco equivalent to the IANA, and handed
>out to the telcos for their use in some large [less large now than
>previously] batches. The numbers are handed out by the telcos to their
>subscribers. I do not know whether the numbers themselves are "owned"
>by anybody in that hierarchy. The interesting information, of course,
>is the relationship between the numbers and the subscribers. This is
>available through multiple telephone books, including the Criss-Cross
>directory at your local public library [the telco equivalent of reverse
>DNS]. It is available wherever either the subscriber or the telco
>[unless it is "unlisted"] chooses to publish it. Does this make the
>information "public domain"? Or is it "owned" by one of the above
>parties? I certainly do not have the legal chops to argue it. But I
>doubt that the telco would give away salable "rights", FWIW.
No need to go to the library. Let your mouse to the walking. Reverse
Lookups are available through Anywho: http://www.anywho.com/ though
I'm sure that there are others. Once you have the name to number list
it's easy enough to ask your database for the information from the
>Joe Yao jsdy at center.osis.gov - Joseph S. D. Yao
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