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March 16, 2007


Eric Hegwer

OK this may be simple but...
Why not just never let your domain expire?
If you keep on top of things, this won't ever happen, right?

***FS*** Wish it was that easy .. some registrars try to upsell you crap you don't want in the final month of registration or raise prices on renewals. If you cut it too close they won't let you transfer without renewing or they make transfers prohibitive.. I have even had small problem rars switch hostnames on my names to their parking pages.. steal my traffic. The best advice is find a registrar you're comfortable with.. and renew well in advance. Lock the names down and develop a good relationship. Still you are trusting your business to that rar.


Great post Frank.

I've been contemplating purchashing/starting an accredited registrar to compliment/help my domain efforts for a while and your comments have finally convinced me to go through with the process. Thanks!

I'm currently looking at the options and have contacted LogicBoxes as you suggested, but weren't able to find where you were talking about on pool.com. Could you tell me where to look for that? I'd also appreciate any other thoughts on where to look to purchase existing icann accredited registrars.

Great work on the blog.


One doesn't even need to buy an existing registrar - start a new one. Incorporation is dead simple and the application process at this point (subject to change after RFly perhaps) is not as difficult as it may look. It's simply a matter of some research and filling out of paperwork along with getting the appropriate financial and insurance requirements worked out.

There is no lack of consultants to do all the hard work for you either (LogicBoxes will happily do that I know as will others).

An advantage of starting fresh is you know there are no hidden skeletons with the Registrar you are picking up.

There are also no lack of technical backend providers (Tucows and DirectI both offer products).


Your point is a practical one; at least for now, but consider the damages that may result when class-action lawsuits appear seeking reimbursement for the ill-gotten gains from the resale of intellectual property rights inherent in the registration of a domain name.

The attack of this particular practice began two years ago after this post: http://www.circleid.com/posts/riding_on_expiring_domains_are_registrars_abusing_owners_rights/. Thereafter, a set of domain names were allowed to expire after written notice had been provided to each affected registrar and/or their selling agents.

The provision that is buried in registrar agreements and purports to allow them to hijack expiring domain names is a model for consumer fraud. Further establishing the clause’s lack of validity, we documented that every registrar ignored the written opt-out notices that were timely delivered.

Registrars 'holding names' and illegally replacing the correct contact information of the actual registrant with their own (a violation of the ICANN registrar agreement) is clearly an activity registrars have undertaken without authority or protection from liability.

So, on the surface, becoming a registry may sound like a good idea. And, for those with $70,000 to dedicate to the working capital requirement, the $2,500 non-refundable application fee and the $4,000 annual accreditation fee may also seem reasonable. (See http://www.icann.org/registrars/accreditation-financials.htm )

However, if you're thinking to recover those expenses from auctioning-off (or just keeping for your own) the domain names of your registrants, you may want to check with your legal team in regard to your exposure to future liability.

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