Use of 'WHOIS': Terms and Conditions


Contract terms

All us of our 'WHOIS' database and any associated services by any means is subject to these terms and conditions: you may not access any 'WHOIS' service if you do not agree to them and you may only use the data returned by a 'WHOIS' query if the use is permitted by these terms.

If you send a WHOIS query to us (or cause one to be sent) you are representing to us that you agree to these terms.


Who we are

CI Domain Registry Ltd is the registry operator for a number of top-level domains. We are an incorporated company registered with the Court of Alderney with registration number 1850. Our registered office is Maison Postel, Alderney, GY9 3JZ (UK).

The owners of the rights in the WHOIS

The .GG WHOIS database and underlying register is database right and copyright © Island Networks Ltd, 1996 - 2017.
The .JE WHOIS database and underlying register is database right and copyright © Island Networks (Jersey) Ltd, 1996 - 2017
The .AS WHOIS database is database right and copyright © AS Domain Registry Ltd, 1997 - 2017 and is under licence from gDNS, LLC as ultimate owner of the underlying register.

(All Rights Reserved)


How we provide the WHOIS

We (CI Domain Registry) operate the domain name register, and associated systems includied the WHOIS for these TLDs on behalf of the abovementioned ccTLD managers. We provide the WHOIS free of charge through various channels, e.g. via our website, and via responses to queries made to our WHOIS server whois.channelisles.net on several ports included port 43.

If you use either or both of the Wholesale WHOIS or Domain Availability Checker systems you must also agree to their specific terms of use.


Purpose of the WHOIS and no promises of accuracy

We provide the WHOIS as a publicly viewable search facility solely to allow users to obtain information about the existence and status of the domain name and the identities of the domain name for the general purposes set out below under “Allowed uses of WHOIS data” but always subject to the restrictions listed below under “Restrictions on the use of WHOIS and WHOIS data”.

At any time it may lag behind the underlying register. We do not guarantee the accuracy or availability of the WHOIS records.

We are not liable for any damages or loss of any kind arising out of or in connection with the WHOIS or the records generated by the WHOIS or for any omissions or errors in the WHOIS records.


Allowed uses of WHOIS data

This is not an exhaustive list, and is always subject to the restrictions below, but generally the WHOIS is intended to allow a user to:

identify whether or not the domain name is registered;
identify the person or host responsible for a domain name (e.g. to confirm that this matches the apparent provider of a website, email or other service related to the domain name);

allow registrants and authorised contacts to see information about their domain name;

show publicly if a domain name is in a special status (such as transfer-locked); and

identify the registrant and/or host of the domain name in relation to the prevention or detection of systems abuse, or to establish or defend legal rights (including an intent to use an ADR scheme), for the prevention and detection of crime and the collection of taxes or impositions lawfully due.

Restrictions on the use of WHOIS and WHOIS data:

You may not (for any reason)

use any or all of the WHOIS data for advertising or as part of a process of identifying entities, names or addresses for future advertising activity of any sort (any such use may also be unlawful under the Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guersey) Law 2000 or similar legislation in other jurisdiction.

or

conduct queries of an excessive nature, rate or volume. (Note that we record details about all WHOIS queries for the purposes of detecting and preventing unacceptable use.)


Additionally, you may not

repackage, compile, redistribute or reuse any or all of the WHOIS database or data unless you are a lawful user using an insubstantial part;nor may you obscure, remove, hide or alter any part of the copyright notice and legal wording returned with a WHOIS result unless you show the user no part of the WHOIS output at all and simply report on availability. (However, if this is what you primarily do, you should use the Domain Availability Checker which has more appropriate rate limitations).

You must comply with any part of the Acceptable Use Policy that relates to WHOIS use.


Control of the WHOIS

We are may change the WHOIS records, or withdraw the service, at any time. We are entitled, in our sole discretion, to terminate or slow down your access to the WHOIS for any reason, particularly breach of our query limits, relevant Acceptable Use Policy or a failure to adhere to, or accept, these terms or any part of them.


Excluded Queries

Domain names not under our control (e.g. .uk), not directly operated by us (e.g. .sch.gg) or which cannot be registered do not return valid results on this WHOIS. (For information about official domains such as those ending in sch.gg/sch.je or gov.gg/gov.je, please contact the States of Guernsey, or States of Jersey as appropriate).