ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly.com's Registration Accreditation Agreement

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ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly.com's Registration Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

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ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly.com's Registration Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

ICANN has issued a letter to RegisterFly [PDF, 902K] indicating that it will cease operating as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar on March 31, 2007. Under the terms of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), ICANN must provide 15 days written notice to RegisterFly of its intention to terminate.

Effective immediately ICANN has terminated RegisterFly's right to use the ICANN Accredited Registrar logo on its website.

Between now and 31 March RegisterFly is required to unlock and provide all necessary Authinfo codes to allow domain name transfers to occur. Any and all registrants wishing to transfer away from RegisterFly during this period should be allowed to do so efficiently and expeditiously.

"Terminating accreditation is the strongest measure ICANN is able to take against RegisterFly under its powers," Dr. Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN said today.

"ICANN has been frustrated and distressed by recent management confusion inside RegisterFly," Dr. Twomey, President said. "I completely understand the greater frustration and enormous difficulty that this has created for registrants."

When the Agreement is terminated, ICANN can approve a bulk transfer of all current RegisterFly domain names to another ICANN accredited Registrar.

"Of course, RegisterFly does not have to wait till then. They can request ICANN to approve a bulk transfer immediately. I call on RegisterFly to act in the interests of registrants and seek such a transfer from us straight away," Dr. Twomey said.

ICANN intends to hold a forum to discuss the reform of the Accreditation policy and process at its Lisbon meeting in a week's time*.

A set of questions and points to inform the discussion will be made public prior to the Lisbon meeting.

* The Lisbon meeting is one of three meetings held a year by ICANN to meet with global stakeholders. It will take place from 26-30 March 2007.

Media Contacts:

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser
ICANN ( USA)
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International: Andrew Robertson
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Well, here we go

Let's see what happens.

I don't know the "law" though -- must a company have ICANN accreditation in order to be a domain name registrar?

That took too long.

This has been a long time coming and has aroused suspicion that other registrars may up their shenanigans since punishment is rare and only administered if you go way overboard.

WTF

Logged in and see this in the admin:

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YOU ARE OFFICIALLY FU*KED by our boss KEVIN. He fucked me then fu*ked you. visit www.registerflea.com to find out just how FU*KED....

Note the actual curse words are used in the admin. They have some craziness going down over there.

must a company have ICANN

must a company have ICANN accreditation in order to be a domain name registrar

AFAIK becoming accredited by ICANN allows you to buy the general top level domains - gTLD's - directly (.com/.net/.org etc.). It costs $2500 setup / $4000 per year. Being directly connected means you pay very small fees. I don't think that gives you access to the country-code top level domains - ccTLD's -(.ru/.be/.uk etc.), separate arrangements have to be made with the Registries running them. The ones we have done deals with haven't required ICANN accreditation to sign up.

I'm not sure how ICANN's announcement would effect any arrangements with the ccTLD Registries. I guess there's nothing to stop Registerfly reselling, as most companies do, through another ICANN unaccredited company. Resellers do not need to become accredited. Whether that company would accept them as a reseller is another question.

Thanks, Nick

I hadn't known that, so much appreciated.

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