WHOIS and RDAP Polices

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WHOIS Contract Terms

Use of the Astutium WHOIS by any means is subject to these terms and conditions:

you may not access the Astutium WHOIS 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

Astutium Ltd is a UK Limited Company Registered in England 8183381 - Registered Office is at Fergusson House, 124-128 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX United Kingdom.
Astutium Ltd operates as a Domain Registrar and Registration Agent for multiple ccTLDs and gTLDs.

Our rights in the WHOIS

The Astutium WHOIS database and underlying registration data are Database Right and Copyright © Astutium Ltd 1996 – 2018 All rights reserved worldwide.

How we provide the WHOIS

We provide the WHOIS through various channels, including via our registrar platform website and via queries to our Port 43 WHOIS servers. If you use the RDAP service or other systems/organisations you must also agree to the specific terms of use related to that service.

Purpose of the WHOIS

  • We provide the WHOIS as a mandatory requirement to operate a register solely to allow users to verify public information about the existence and status of a domain name. At times it may lag behind the underlying register up to one working day.
  • We do not guarantee the accuracy or availability of any WHOIS records
  • Any WHOIS record provided is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties of any kind
  • 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
  • No correspondence about the WHOIS, records generated by the WHOIS, or data not shown in a WHOIS query will be entered into

Use of the WHOIS

You may not:
  • re-package, re-compile, re-distribute or re-use any or all of the WHOIS database or data (unless you are a lawful user using an insubstantial part)
  • use any or all of the WHOIS data for advertising or marketing of any sort
  • use any or all of the WHOIS data as part of a process of identifying entities, names or addresses
  • obscure, remove, hide or alter any part of the copyright notice and legal wording returned with a WHOIS result
  • conduct queries of a nature, rate or volume prohibited by our Acceptable Use Policy. Note that we record details about all WHOIS queries for the purposes of detecting and preventing unacceptable use
Allowed purposes for the WHOIS Service/database/data
    This is not an exhaustive list, and is always subject to the restrictions as detailed, but generally the WHOIS is intended to:
  • identify whether or not the domain name is registered
  • identify the nameservers or host responsible for any domain name service (e.g. to confirm that this matches the apparent provider of a website, email or other service related to the domain name)
  • show publicly if a domain name is in a special status

Control of the WHOIS

We are entitled to 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 the 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, not directly operated & registered by us, which cannot be registered, which do not meet current registry rules for registration, or which are reserved/restricted words may not return valid results on this WHOIS.

You must at all times comply with the Acceptable Use Policy and any additional Instructions for Use.