I have couple of doubts related to Whois records. For a particulate domain...
How authentic are the Whois records?
As per my research the records are not permissible in courts (or at least would not be considered primary evidence). As I can register a domain providing false information (or in someone else' name) and so, not considered authentic.
Who is responsible for authenticity of these records?
I guess it should be the job of Registrar to validate the information provided. On the other hand I am certain if one is buying a domain for personal use no verification is done(Registrar sell it like popcorn). Does that also apply for buying a domain for business or in the name of business.
Who would stop someone from even registering f4c3b00k.com (assuming availability) using following information?
Registrant Name: Mark Zuckerberg Registrant Organization: Facebook, Inc. Registrant Street: 1601 Willow Rd Registrant City: Menlo Park
Please note I am not talking about the situation where facebook would come to know about this domain and initiate UDRP. I am interested in knowing any controls that are placed at the time of registering a domain by ICANN/ Registry/ Registrar
What are whois history records?
Do they contain information on ownership of certain domain. If yes, certain.domain has 2 Whois history records. Does this mean certain.domain has been transferred to other person or in other words registrant information has been changed one time
Which should be the accurate source for Whois/ Whois history records? The registry itself or the registrar?
Also please provide some good resouce/link on searching for Whoi History records. Most sites offer it as a paid service while others providing varying information.