ICANN has terminated domain name registrars accreditation in the past for several issues, many related to non-payment of minimal fees due to ICANN, and record keeping requirements
ICANN has sent out a lot more Notices Of Breach Of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement to registrars for such conduct which got cured by the registrar which basically means the registrars fixed some paperwork and paid past due fees.
Now we are seeing a rash of domain name thefts out of domain holders accounts at the domain registrar level and at the end of the day what is more important; that a domain name registrar failed to pay ICANN past due accreditation fees of $2,725.20 or the fact that domains collectively worth millions of dollars are being stolen out of a registrar?
I put the question mark in to satisfy my more grammatically correct domain blogger brethren , but no question mark is required.
Domain security is the most important service a domain registrar provides and the lack thereof should give rise to De-Accredited faster than anything else.
You might ask where did the amount of $2,725.20 listed about come from?
The non-payment of that amount, is one of the two reasons that ICANN listed in its termination notice of the last domain name registrar ICANN terminated Telefonica Brasil.
In the notice sent to the registrar warning of De-Accredited months before termination ICANN listed as the reasons for its action as:
1. Telefonica’s failure to maintain and provide to ICANN accurate and current information as specified in Section 3.17 of the RAA and the Registrar Information Specification (“RIS”) ; and
2. Telefonica’s failure to pay past due accreditation fees pursuant to Section 3.9 of the RAA in the amount of $2,725.20.
The domain name registrar terminated before Telefonica Brasil was Documentdata Anstalt .
The reasons that domain name registrar was given by ICANN for possible termination were:
1. Failure to maintain and make available to ICANN registration records relating to dealings with Registered Name Holder (“RNH”) of the domain name maramonesse.com, pursuant to Sections 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 of the RAA;
2. Failure to allow the RNH of the domain name maramonesse.com to transfer its domain name registration to another registrar, pursuant to Section 1 of the Inter Registrar Transfer Policy (“IRTP”), or, alternatively, provide a valid reason for denial pursuant to Section 3 of the IRTP.
3. Failure to provide a AuthInfo code within five calendar days of a request
to the RNH for the domain name maramonesse.com, pursuant to Section 5 of the IRTP;
4. Failure to provide domain name data in the specified response format, as required by Section 1.4 of the Registration Data Directory Service (Whois) Specification of the RAA (“Whois Specification”)
5. Failure to provide a description on documentdata Anstalt’s website of renewal fees, post expiration renewal fees (if different) and redemption/restore fees, as required by Section 4.1 of the Expired Registration Recovery Policy (“ERRP”);
6. Failure to send renewal reminder notices at least one month prior to expiration and at least one week prior to expiration, as required by Section 2.1 of the ERRP; and
7. Failure to pay past due accreditation fees, in the amount of $1,382.21
So ICANN will terminate a Registrar for failing to transfer one domain name and if they fail to pay $1,382.21 in fees due to ICANN.
Why isn’t the loss of a domain name by theft, especially when multiple domain names are stolen out of the same registrar grounds for termination?
If allowing thefts of domain names is a reason for termination of a domain name registrar, I haven’t found it as a stated reason in in any notices sent to registrars by ICANN.