Terms of Service for Whois JSON API Hosted Webservice

Whois JSON API makes available database services, webservices, and allows for the download of data from data feeds as described herein and as specified on its website.


Your use of the data, tools, or other services offered or otherwise made available by Whois JSON API signifies your agreement to the following terms and conditions and any policies referenced herein (collectively, the "Agreement"). This Agreement is a binding legal contract entered into by you and Whois JSON API. You and the company you represent (if any), are referred to herein as the "Customer". If you are the representative of a larger organization, you hereby represent and warrant that you have the requisite authority to bind such organization, or shall otherwise not make use of the services and/or products made available by Whois JSON API.

Definition of Whois JSON API Hosted Webservice


As between Customer and Whois JSON API, Whois JSON API owns and shall continue to own the Services, all underlying software making the Services operable, the Data, Parsed Data, all derivatives thereof, and all intellectual property rights therein.

License Grants

You are granted a limited, revocable, nonexclusive license to use any data, images, text, content, tools, or other information, including but not limited to Data, the Services, and Parsed Data (collectively referred to as the "Whois JSON API Properties") in accordance with the terms and conditions described herein. You agree that you will provide accurate information when signing up for any Whois JSON API account.

Whois JSON API shall retain all rights not expressly granted either herein, and Customer shall not use the Data, Services, or any Whois JSON API Properties in any manner not expressly allowed.

Unless otherwise expressly stated, any licenses to use the Data or Services granted herein or in any License and Use Exhibit are limited to use thereof at a single Customer Site (as defined below).

"Site" means one instance of the use of the Parsed Data, Data, or Services on a single machine or virtual machine.

Use Restrictions


This Agreement is effective as of the date of your first access and/or use of the Services and shall continue in effect for as long as the term of any license granted pursuant to a duly executed License and Use Exhibit, or Service provided hereunder pursuant to any Purchase Order Form, unless earlier terminated in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Fees, Payments, & Taxes

Invoice Disputes

Within thirty (30) days of the invoice date, Customer must notify Whois JSON API in writing and provide sufficiently detailed support of any invoice dispute. If Customer fails to do so, Customer is deemed to have waived its right to dispute that invoice and the invoice will be deemed accurate and valid.


Either party may make general statements to confirm the existence of this Agreement. Whois JSON API grants Customer the limited right to use Whois JSON API’s logos and trademarks in any marketing and promotional materials associated with this Agreement. Customer grants Whois JSON API the limited right to use Customer’s logos and trademarks in any marketing and promotional materials associated with this Agreement, including but not limited to on WHOS API’s website.


Customer agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless WHOS 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 Customer’s use of the Data, the Services, or any Parsed Data; any breach of this Agreement by Customer; or any use of Whois JSON API’s Data, Services, or Parsed Data by any third party via the use of Customer’s credentials, software, computers, or systems.

Warranties and Disclaimers

Customer understands and agrees that the Whois JSON API Services are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Customer expressly agrees that use of the Whois JSON API Services is at Customer’s sole risk.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Whois JSON 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 non-infringement.

Without limiting the foregoing, neither Whois JSON API nor any of its affiliates, nor any of their officers, directors, licensors, employees or representatives represent or warrant: (a) that the Whois JSON API Data, Services, or Parsed Data, will meet Customer’s 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 non-infringing.

Customer acknowledges and agrees that any content downloaded or otherwise obtained through the Services is done at Customer’s own discretion and risk and that Customer will be solely responsible for any damage to Customer’s computer system or loss of data that results from any use of the Services. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to Customer. Customer may also have other legal rights, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Limitation of Liability

In no event shall Whois JSON 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 the Whois JSON API Data, Services, or Parsed Data, even if Whois JSON API has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Whois JSON API's cumulative liability to Customer for any and all claims relating to this Agreement and/or the use of the Whois API Data, Services, and Parsed Data shall not exceed the total amount paid by Customer to Whois JSON API for the Services, during the three (3) month period preceding the claim.


Customer may terminate this Agreement by ceasing to use the Data, the Services, and the Whois JSON API Properties. Notwithstanding anything contained herein and/or any License and Use Exhibit or Purchase Order Form to the contrary, Whois JSON API reserves the right to terminate this Agreement (and/or Customer’s account) or discontinue the Services 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, Customer must immediately stop and thereafter desist from using the Services, including the Data and Whois JSON API Properties, and any applicable portions or features thereof, and delete all Data and Whois JSON API Properties in Customer’s possession or control (including but not limited to in Customer’s applications and on Customer’s computer systems and servers). Upon notice of termination, all amounts due for the then-current term of the contract become immediately due and payable, and all of Customer’s rights to any Data, Services, and Parsed Data will automatically lapse.

Breach of Agreement

This Agreement will terminate automatically if Customer fails to comply with the terms of this Agreement. Upon termination of this Agreement, all rights and licenses granted in the Agreement shall immediately terminate, and Customer will immediately delete any and all Whois JSON API proprietary information, including but not limited to Services, Data, and the Whois JSON API Properties, in Customer’s possession or control.

Governing Law & Dispute Resolution

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be settled by binding arbitration, conducted in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment may be entered on the award of the arbitrator in any court having jurisdiction. Any determination by such arbitrator shall be consistent with the provisions of this Agreement as set forth herein. In any litigation involving this Agreement or the use of Whois JSON API’s Services, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover reasonable attorneys' fees.

Entire Agreement; No Third-party Beneficiary; Severability

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Customer and Whois JSON API, regarding the Data, Services, and Parsed Data noted herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous representation, understanding, agreement or communication between Customer and Whois JSON API regarding the same. This Agreement may not be amended, varied or supplemented except by a writing executed by both Customer and Whois JSON API that specifically references this Agreement and the provision(s) to be amended, varied or supplemented. No representation or statement not contained in this Agreement shall be binding upon Whois JSON API as a warranty or otherwise. This Agreement does not provide any third party with any remedy, claim, liability, reimbursement, cause of action or other right or privilege. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Whois JSON API may amend this Agreement at any time and at its sole discretion. Should any such amendment materially affect rights of Customer, Whois JSON API shall make conspicuous notice of such amendment via the website and/or e-mail. Customer’s continue use of the Services after such amendment shall signify Customer’s acknowledgement and acceptance thereof.


If Customer receives from Whois JSON API any information marked "Confidential" and/or "Proprietary," then Customer agrees not to use such information except in the performance of this Agreement, and to treat such information in the same manner as it treats its own confidential information. The obligation to keep information confidential shall not apply to any such information that has been disclosed in publicly available sources; is, through no fault of Customer, disclosed in publicly available source; is in the rightful possession of Customer without an obligation of confidentiality; or is required to be disclosed by operation of law, provided the Customer provides Whois JSON API with prior written notice of said required disclosure; thereby, affording Whois JSON API an opportunity to contest said disclosure and protect its Confidential and/or Proprietary information. Except as otherwise provided herein, the obligation not to disclose shall be for a period of three (3) years after the disclosure of the Confidential Information.


Any provisions that by their nature should survive the termination of this Agreement (including all Purchase Order Forms), for any reason whatsoever, shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement (including all Purchase Order Forms). Without in any way limiting the foregoing, the following sections shall survive the termination of this Agreement for any reason: 2, 6 – 14, 16 – 20, 22, and 23.


Customer hereby agrees that in the event that any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement (including in a Purchase Order Form) shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remainder of the Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby. Moreover, Customer further agrees that if any one or more of the provisions contained in this Agreement shall be held to be excessively broad as to duration, distance, activity or subject, such provisions shall be construed by limiting and reducing them so as to be enforceable to the maximum extent allowed by applicable law.


All headings are for ease of reference only and will not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.

No Assignment

Customer may not assign this Agreement (including any applicable Purchase Order Form) without the prior written consent of Whois JSON API. This Agreement is binding on all successors and assigns. Whois JSON API may assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Customer.

Compliance with Laws

The parties shall observe and comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations applicable to the performance of their respective obligations under this Agreement including, but not limited to, anti-corruption laws (such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and regulations in respect of import or export of Products.

Independent Contractors

The relationship of the parties will be that of independent contractors and the parties agree that this Agreement does not establish a joint venture, agency relationship, or partnership. Nothing contained in this Agreement will be construed to establish a relationship that would allow a party to make representations or warranties on behalf of another except as expressly set forth herein.

Export Control

The Data, Services, and Parsed Data are subject to the export control laws and regulations of federal statute, as amended. Customer may not export or re-export the Data, Services, or Parsed Data, directly or indirectly, either to (i) any countries that are subject to U.S.A export restrictions (currently including, but not necessarily limited to, Cuba, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Africa (military and police entities), Syria, and Vietnam); (ii) any third-party who you know or have reason to know will utilize them in the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons; or (iii) any third-party who has been prohibited from participating in the U.S.A. export transactions by any federal agency.

Force Majeure

Whois JSON API is not liable for failure to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of nature, acts or omissions of the Customer, operational disruptions, man-made or natural disasters, epidemic medical crises, power outages, hackers, viruses, materials shortages, strikes, criminal acts, delays in delivery or transportation, or inability to obtain labor or materials through its regular sources.

Additional Service Terms

Portions of the Service may be subject to additional terms in addition to this Agreement. Your use and continued use of said Services shall signify your agreement to said additional terms.

Service Levels

The Service uptime has historically been 99.9% year over year, and the uptime target continues to be to exceed 99.9%. However, absent separate written agreement to the contrary, Whois JSON API does not guarantee any minimum uptime, and shall have no obligation with respect to uptime other than to restore any outages in a reasonable timeframe, in its sole discretion. Service response times can vary, and typical requests may take upwards of several seconds to process. Absent separate written agreement to the contrary, Whois JSON API does not guarantee response times.


Customer shall have in place with each End User that has access to, or is otherwise provided with Data, Parsed Data, or Results, as allowed per a duly executed License and Use Exhibit, an End User License Agreement ("EULA") that is no less protective of the rights and property of Whois JSON API than the terms of this Agreement. At a minimum, such EULA shall contain provisions limiting Whois JSON API’s liability by the maximum extent allowable by law; restricts End User’s use of the Data, Parsed Data, or Results to internal, non-commercial use only; and restricts against unauthorized disassembly, decompiling, reverse engineering, and copying.

Treatment of Personal Data