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do registrars have unlimited access to each other's whois database? For example, do godaddy have access to network solutions's whois database and vice versa?

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No, registrars are limited to their own database and the public data provided by other registrars.

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if that's the case, how come domaintools.com can provide all the data? –  user12145 Dec 1 '09 at 23:44
    
What information is domaintools providing that isn't available from a public source? –  womble Dec 2 '09 at 2:02

Registrars can only make CHANGES to things that are registered through them. They can ACCESS any public whois info.

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