Nominet Offers Registrants End-Run Around Dilatory Registrars
Date: Saturday January 18 2003, @10:00AM
Topic: Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)

Nominet, the .uk registry, has announced new domain name transfer rules for .uk to protect consumers from registrars who refuse to transfer a .uk domain name. Now for a payment of £15 plus VAT registrants can go straight to the registry to force a transfer. Interesting idea to solve the problem of registrars sitting on transfers to their competitors. Wonder if we'll see this in any of the gTLDs? (Wonder how VeriSign would price it!)

You can see the full text of Nominet's new terms and conditions and of Nominet's new rules for .uk.

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This Puts An End To Lien...
by CapnB on Monday January 20 2003, @12:37PM (#10992)
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More interestingly, this puts an end to Nominet's policy of allowing registrar (a) to block transfer of a domain name to another registrar (b) if the registant is still under lien of contract to registrar (a).

Registrars (well, they're 'members' in Nominet) were able to say 'we're not going to transfer your name until you pay your bill', and that worked well. Now there's no lien, and I'm afraid that having worked for three Nominet members I've got the experience to say that I think this is a bad thing.

But on the other hand, it's not Nominet's view to work out what's right or wrong, I guess.

CTO, CentralNic Ltd. []

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