ICANN sent a “Breach Notice” to Register.com yesterday giving the domain name registrar until October 2nd, to provide information to ICANN and cure the Breaches or face a possible Registrar termination.
Register.com is owned by Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW) and is a top 10 domain name registrar in terms of domain name under management.
Shares of Web.com traded down just about 4% in trading yesterday
Here is the notice
Please be advised that as of 11 September 2013, Register.com, Inc. (“Register.com”) is in breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) dated 28 September 2009.
These breaches result from:
1. Register.com’s failure to maintain registration data and records,as required by Section 3.4.2 of the RAA;
2. Register.com’s failure to make registration data and records available to ICANN upon reasonable notice, as required by Section 3.4.3 of the RAA; and
3. Register.com’s failure to enter into registration agreements with Registered Name Holders of domain names as required by Section 3.7.7 of the RAA, or alternatively, explain how the domains are used for the purposes of Registrar Services, as defined by Section 1.11 of the RAA.
Please refer to the attachment for details regarding this breach. In addition, Register.com has been deemed noncompliant in the following areas:
• Register.com’s failure to display a link to ICANN’s Registrant Rights and Responsibilities webpage on Register.com’s website, as required by Section 3.15 of the RAA; and
Register.com failure to resolve the issues identified in the 3 June 2013 review by Iron Mountain of Register.com’s Registrar Data Escrow (“RDE”), after multiple inquiries by Iron Mountain and ICANN, as required by Section 3.6 of the RAA.
ICANN requests that Register.com cure the breaches by 2 October 2013, 15 working days from the date of this letter, by taking the following actions:
1. Provide copies of all records identified in Sections 18.104.22.168,22.214.171.124,and 126.96.36.199 of the RAA, since 11 September 2010, for the domains , , , , , , and , pursuant to Section 3.4.3 of the RAA;
2. Provide a detailed explanation to ICANN how 62,232domains in which Register.com itself is the registrant are used for the purposes of Registrar Services, as defined by Section 1.11 of the RAA;
3. Display a link to ICANN’s Registrant Rights and Responsibilities web page on Register.com’s website (and on all websites on which Register.com offers registration services), as required by Section 3.15 of the RAA; and
4. Resolve all outstanding issues identified in the 3 June 2013 review by IronMountain of Register.com’s RDE, as required by Section 3.6 of the RAA.
If Register.com fails to timely cure these breaches and provide the information requested by 2 October 2013, ICANN may commence the RAA termination process.””