Domain shut downs by Registrar?

Has this process matured or is it still a wild-west kind of thing? Last time I saw this, it was with a LARGE registrar and we had to threaten them with a TRO before they'd even put their lawyers on the phone. It was a few years ago.

This time the issue is with DOTSTER and they never even bothered to contact our support desk about the issue with the customer domain (and we're listed as the support contact, etc).

So if anyone has any advice, or anyone from DOTSTER wants to contact me offline, that'd be great.

Thanks in advance,

DJ

We use OpenSRS and never have these issues. Many of the other major
registrars will freeze domains for whatever reason they choose.
OpenSRS basically fulfills their duties to ICANN and leaves it alone
at that. The only domain I have ever seen them get involved with was
along time ago when someone stole a domain from Network Solutions
using fraudulent paperwork and then managed to transfer it out.

Jeff

We use OpenSRS and never have these issues. Many of the other major
registrars will freeze domains for whatever reason they choose.
OpenSRS basically fulfills their duties to ICANN and leaves it alone
at that. The only domain I have ever seen them get involved with was
along time ago when someone stole a domain from Network Solutions
using fraudulent paperwork and then managed to transfer it out.

I am also happy with OpenSRS, but I think it is fair to assume that
since they are incorporated in Pennsylvania, they would comply with
orders from a US court.

We do remember, don't we, that the domain that started this discussion
were shut down by Verisign, the registry, not a registrar?

R's,
John

I'm not asking them to evade court orders, but rather keep their face
out of my business unless absolutely required. Other major registrars
seem to have a major issue with this.

Jeff

what's super fun here is that often in conversations with registries
about domains used for malware/spam/etc there's a conversation about:
"but we can't just shutdown a domain, we need the registrar to do
that... legal/contractual restraints prohibit us..."

interesting that in THIS case the registry just took the action, was
the domain registered through their registrar arm?

-chris

We do remember, don't we, that the domain that started this discussion
were shut down by Verisign, the registry, not a registrar?

interesting that in THIS case the registry just took the action, was
the domain registered through their registrar arm?

They haven't had a registrar arm since they spun off Network Solutions in 2002.

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thanks... so, in this case, why did they take this action? why didn't
they push the action to the registrar? or did they and the registrar
refused to comply? (potentially because the domains weren't violating
a TOS?)

I suppose though, on the good side, we can expect the Verisign folks
to now shutdown other domains we bring to their attention as
malware/spamware/etc without protest?

-chris

Without a doubt.

And all the pigs have been fueled and serviced, and are in all respects
ready for flight.

Does anyone have any experience with eNom in this regard -- compliance and operating under 'pressure' from outside authorities?

--sth

thanks... so, in this case, why did they take this action?

When folks with guns and little sense of humor show up at your door with a sealed court ordered warrant relating to resources you have direct authority over, would you tell them to talk to a retailer for that resource? Oh, and don't forget VeriSign has a contract (cooperative agreement? whatever) involving the USG for the administration of COM/NET.

why didn't they push the action to the registrar? or did they and the registrar
refused to comply? (potentially because the domains weren't violating
a TOS?)

The registrar in question (GoDaddy) claims no one came to them and they had no idea what was going on (although that didn't stop them from blaming ICANN).

I suppose though, on the good side, we can expect the Verisign folks
to now shutdown other domains we bring to their attention as
malware/spamware/etc without protest?

"Got Warrant?"

Regards,
-drc

* John R. Levine:

We do remember, don't we, that the domain that started this discussion
were shut down by Verisign, the registry, not a registrar?

interesting that in THIS case the registry just took the action, was
the domain registered through their registrar arm?

They haven't had a registrar arm since they spun off Network Solutions
in 2002.

I think Verisign DBMS acts as a registrar for ccTLDs.

thanks... so, in this case, why did they take this action?

When folks with guns and little sense of humor show up at your door with a sealed court ordered warrant relating to resources you have direct authority over, would you tell them to talk to a retailer for that resource? Oh, and don't forget VeriSign has a contract (cooperative agreement? whatever) involving the USG for the administration of COM/NET.

yup, convenient.

why didn't they push the action to the registrar? or did they and the registrar
refused to comply? (potentially because the domains weren't violating
a TOS?)

The registrar in question (GoDaddy) claims no one came to them and they had no idea what was going on (although that didn't stop them from blaming ICANN).

ha, why does the USG insist on making things difficult? and making the
com/net/icann look like a kangaroo-court?
(or that's my perception at times...)

I suppose though, on the good side, we can expect the Verisign folks
to now shutdown other domains we bring to their attention as
malware/spamware/etc without protest?

"Got Warrant?"

yea... so I wonder if the NCFTA folks would pony up warrants for
things like the content highlighted by www.abuse.ch ?

-chris

I think Verisign DBMS acts as a registrar for ccTLDs.

No, they're a registry. Not the same thing.

The registry holds the definitive database and manages the DNS zone. Registrars face the public and use some sort of API to pass the changes to the registry.

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yea... so I wonder if the NCFTA folks would pony up warrants for
things like the content highlighted by www.abuse.ch ?

They do all sorts of stuff, but for obvious reasons they don't gossip about it in public.

Regards,
John Levine, johnl@iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly

It doesn't take guns. Verisign will steal domains from any registrar if they
receive a US court order. I've seem them do it based on a Nevada default
judgement where the client didn't even know there was a legal action under
way.

If you want to keep your domains, don't use .com or .net.

If you want to keep your domains, don't use .com or .net.

or .jobs, .names, .edu.

-J