[Talk-GB] Postcodes on whois records?

Gregory Williams gregory.williams at purplegeodesoftware.co.uk
Mon Sep 7 14:39:32 BST 2009

It's a .uk TLD, so I'll play safe and not derive from that then. I managed to miss that legal blurb at the end of the response.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-gb-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-gb-
> bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of James Davis
> Sent: 7 September 2009 13:37
> To: talk-gb OSM List (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Postcodes on whois records?
> Gregory Williams wrote:
> > I just happen to have looked up a whois record for a domain and it
> > helpfully has the registrant’s physical address and postcode. OSM is
> > always ticking away in the back of my mind, so I thought: I can
> > physically get to that address quite easily for mapping purposes, so
> > that postcode is helpful. I’m just wondering what the views of others
> > are on using whois records as means for getting a little geo-located
> > postcode data? The data in the record has probably been provided by
> the
> > registrant and not inadvertently derived from a copyright source in
> my view.
> It may be okay with other tld's but not within .uk - from nominet's
> whois details...
> "This WHOIS information is provided for free by Nominet UK the central
> registry for .uk domain names. This information and the .uk WHOIS are:
>     Copyright Nominet UK 1996 - 2009.
> You may not access the .uk WHOIS or use any data from it except as
> permitted by the terms of use available in full at
> http://www.nominet.org.uk/whois, which includes restrictions on: (A)
> use
> of the data for advertising, or its repackaging, recompilation,
> redistribution or reuse (B) obscuring, removing or hiding any or all of
> this notice and (C) exceeding query rate or volume limits. The data is
> provided on an 'as-is' basis and may lag behind the register. Access
> may
> be withdrawn or restricted at any time."
> Regards,
> James
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