Anonymous writes "A couple years ago, I registered a few domains with TotalNIC, a domain registrar. Just recently the domains were nearing expiration and needed to be renewed for me to keep them. I chose to go through a different registrar this time, one that I've used with for some of my other domains and one that I like the service more. However, when trying to transfer a domain name from TotalNIC to another competing registrar, the transfer request was instantly denied."
According to the rules set forth by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the governing body for domain names, all registrars are required to accept transfers after validation of the request by the gaining registrar, which was correctly done for my domains. So TotalNIC is violating those rules and forcing its current customers to have to pay TotalNIC to keep their name. They are holding my domains hostage. In fact, they are holding all their customers domains hostage.
I've tried to communicate with TotalNIC to try to see what can be done so I can transfer my domains, but that resulted in nothing. Therefore, I have created a web page outlining all the communications I've had with TotalNIC in the attempts I made to transfer my domain name.
This has happened to many people and there has been some discussions in some forums and newsgroups about this.
I found a way to slip under TotalNICs detection to get my domain away from TotalNIC, and I want to let others know how they can transfer their domains away from TotalNIC, so I've posted details on that page about how that can be done.
Also, with the page I listed above, I hope to get the attention of the media to get this known out there and hope that TotalNIC and the regulating bodies above them with take action to force TotalNIC to change their policies, or take away their accreditation for being a registrar.
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