Definition of Whois API Hosted Webservice
Whois API Hosted Webservice consist of all services and information made available by
Whois API via the Internet, including the whoisxmlapi.com web site, the Whois API web
service, and any other properties not covered by separate agreements.
Grant of License
You are granted a limited, revocable, nonexclusive license to use any data, images, text,
content, tools or other information (collectively referred to as the "Whois API
Properties") received via Whois API Hosted Webservice in accordance with the terms and
conditions described herein. You agree that you will provide accurate information when
signing up for a Whois API Hosted Webservice account. Whois API retains all rights not
expressly granted by this Agreement.
You may only use Whois API Hosted Webservice and the Whois API Properties as follows:
- Human Interactive Use. You may interact with Whois API Services as a human being in
a non-automated fashion.
- Automated Use. You may write an application that interfaces automatically with Whois
API Hosted Webservice provided that you obtain and use a Whois API Services account
and that you do not exceed the following usage limits without explicit, prior
authorization from Whois API:
- No more than 40 HTTP/HTTPS requests every second.
- No more than 20 HTTP/HTTPS requests at a time (concurrent).
- No more than 5 HTTP/HTTPS API concurrent requests for Bulk Whois API.
- In case that the limit is breached (either from single IP address or from
multiple IPs), the user would be penalized with the 30 second ban. That ban
includes IPs that were used at the time of the offence, and includes all
following IPs (based on username from additional requests) used during the ban
- If you build and distribute an application that uses Whois API Hosted
Webservice, the same limitations apply to the collective behavior of all
installed copies of the application.
- No Abuse. You may not use Whois API Hosted Webservice for abusive purposes, nor may
the you use Whois API Hosted Webservice from applications designed to abuse computer
resources accessible through any network—local, wide-area, or internet. Whois API
does not collect your queries information and is not responsible for any potential
abuse stemming from your client application. Abuse includes but is not limited to:
unauthorized data mining, denial of service attacks, unauthorized computer system
incursions, and any actions that violate applicable laws or regulations. You may not
use Whois API Hosted Webservice in any manner that could damage, disable,
overburden, or impair Whois API Hosted Webservice (or the network(s) connected to
Whois API Hosted Webservice) or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment
of Whois API Hosted Webservice. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to
Whois API Hosted Webservice, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected
to Whois API Hosted Webservice, through hacking, password mining, or any other
means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through
any means not intentionally made available by Whois API through Whois API Hosted
- Whois Data.
- Data usage. You may not use Whois
contact information obtained through Whois API Hosted Webservice to for any
usage where prohibited by applicable law. If you use Whois data from Whois API
Hosted Webservice in your own application or service, you agree not to allow
your users to use the Whois contact information to in a manner that voilates
applicable law. In any case, Whois API does not collect or analyze your query,
you must be responsible for complying with all regulations and laws.
- Display and Transfer. Whois API
Hosted Webservice provide Whois data primarily for your internal use. You may
display to third parties up to ten (10) fields parsed from any given Whois
record. You may also display complete records that are raw and unparsed. You may
also use parsed data internally in applications or services that you provide to
third parties. Except in the aforementioned cases, you agree not to transfer or
sell parsed Whois data to third parties. "Parsed data" refers to specific data
fields separated from the original record. Examples of such fields include, but
are not limited to, registrant name, postal address, postal code, country code,
phone number, and email address.
- No Resale or Sublicensing. Except as allowed above, you may not modify, copy,
distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create
derivative works from, sublicense, transfer, assign, rent, sell or otherwise convey
any information, software, products or services obtained from Whois API Hosted
Webservice or Whois API Properties without prior written consent from Whois API. You
may not allow other parties to use your Whois API Hosted Webservice account or login
You understand and agree that Whois API only logs basic information from your query for
up to 2 weeks to ensure proper function of your usage of Whois API Hosted Webservice.
Whois API does not use data from user queries for any purpose other than the ones stated
Whois API Webservice's historic uptime has been 99.9% over the past year. It is Whois
API's goal to maintain an uptime of 99.9% or greater. You understand and agree that
service outtage can occur due to unexpected reasons, in which case Whois API will
restore service in a reasonable and timely fashion. Whois API is not responsible for any
loss as a result of service outtage.
You understand and agree that Whois API Webservice's response time can vary depending on
many factors including server load, network latency, and technical reasons. Response
time can be as low as 500 ms or much longer due to specified reasons above. A "typical"
average response time is about 2 to 3 seconds.
For Bulk Whois API, requests of 1,000 domain names take less than a minute on average but
processing time can go up to 1 second for each domain. For each each request it can take
up to 30 seconds to begin its processing.
Response Data validity
You understand and agree that Data returned by Whois API Webservice undergo a sequence of
backend processes and gets parsed by our intelligent parse system which is constantly
improving. Given the freeform nature of Whois Data, parsing error can occur. Raw whois
data is always returned for you to validate. Raw whois data can also be incomplete in
rare circumstances, in which case it will be stated in the response and you would not be
charged any credit.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Whois API and its affiliates, and each
of their officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, information providers
and licensors, from any claims, costs, losses, damages, judgments and expenses,
including but not limited to reasonable attorney's fees, relating to or arising out of
any breach of this Agreement or any use of Whois API Hosted Webservice by you, or by any
other person using Whois API Hosted Webservice through you or using your computer.
Warranty and Disclaimer
You understand and agree that Whois API Hosted Webservice are provided on an "as is" and
"as available" basis. You expressly agree that use of Whois API Hosted Webservice is at
your sole risk. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Whois API disclaims
all warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation any
implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and
noninfringement. Without limiting the foregoing, neither Whois API nor any of its
affiliates, nor any of their officers, directors, licensors, employees or
representatives represent or warrant (a) that Whois API Hosted Webservice, including its
content, will meet your requirements or be accurate, complete, reliable, or error free;
(b) that the service will always be available or will be uninterrupted, accessible,
timely, or secure; (c) that any defects will be corrected, or that the service will be
free from viruses, "worms," "trojan horses" or other harmful properties; (d) the
availability for sale, or the reliability or quality of any products discussed or
referenced in the service; (e) any implied warranty arising from course of dealing or
usage of trade; and (f) that the service is noninfringing. Whois API and its affiliates
hereby disclaim, and you hereby waive and release Whois API and its affiliates from, any
and all obligations, liabilities, rights, claims or remedies in tort arising out or in
connection with this Agreement, Whois API Hosted Webservice, and Whois API Properties,
whether or not arising from the negligence (active, passive or imputed) of Whois API or
its affiliates. You acknowledge and agree that any content downloaded or otherwise
obtained through Whois API Hosted Webservice is done at your own discretion and risk and
that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of
data that results from use of Whois API Hosted Webservice. Some jurisdictions do not
allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you.
You may also have other legal rights, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Limitation of Liability
In no event shall Whois API, its affiliates, it suppliers, or any of their officers,
directors, employees, agents, representatives, information providers, or licensors be
liable for any consequential, incidental, direct, indirect, special, punitive, or other
damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business
interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the
use or inability to use Whois API Hosted Webservice, even if Whois API has been advised
of the possibility of such damages. In any event, Whois API's cumulative liability to
any user for any and all claims relating to the use of Whois API Hosted Webservice shall
not exceed the total amount paid by the user for Whois API Hosted Webservice during the
preceding three month period.
You may terminate this Agreement by ceasing to use Whois API Hosted Webservice and the
Whois API Properties. Whois API reserves the right to terminate this Agreement (and/or
your account) or discontinue Whois API Hosted Webservice or any portion or feature
thereof for any reason and at any time at its sole discretion. Upon any termination or
notice of any discontinuance, you must immediately stop and thereafter desist from using
Whois API Hosted Webservice, including the Whois API Properties, and any applicable
portions or features thereof, and delete all Whois API Properties in your possession or
control (including from your application and your servers).
Breach of Agreement
This Agreement will terminate automatically if you fail to comply with the terms of this
Agreement. Upon termination of this Agreement, all rights and licenses granted in the
Agreement shall immediately terminate. You will immediately delete any Whois API
Properties or other Whois API proprietary information in your possession or control.
Modification of Agreement
Whois API may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, at any
time and at its sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new Agreement on the
Whois API web site. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to
terminate this Agreement. Your continued use of Whois API Hosted Webservice or the Whois
API Properties following Whois API's posting of a change notice or new Agreement on the
web site will constitute binding acceptance of the change. Whois API may modify any of
the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, at any time and at its sole
discretion, by posting a change notice or a new Agreement on the Whois API web site. If
any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate this
Agreement. Your continued use of Whois API Hosted Webservice or the Whois API Properties
following Whois API's posting of a change notice or new Agreement on the web site will
constitute binding acceptance of the change.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, U.S.A. Exclusive
jurisdiction over disputes arising under this Agreement or regarding use of Whois API
Services will be in the state and federal courts of and sitting in Collin County, Texas,
U.S.A. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this
Agreement will continue in full force and effect. In any litigation involving this
Agreement or the use of Whois API Hosted Webservice, the prevailing party will be
entitled to recover reasonable attorneys' fees.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Whois API regarding Whois
API Hosted Webservice and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous
representation, understanding, agreement or communication between you and Whois API
regarding Whois API Services. Except as provided by Section 9, this Agreement may not be
amended, varied or supplemented except by a writing executed by both you and Whois API
that specifically references this Agreement and the provision(s) to be amended, varied
or supplemented, and, without limitation of the foregoing, no provision of this
Agreement shall be varied, contradicted or explained by any oral agreement, course of
dealing or performance, or any other matter not set forth in a writing executed as
provided above in this sentence.