GoDaddy And Friends Rescue RegisterFly Database

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It was a team effort, but GoDaddy.com was the main mover; it’s this domain name registrar that “will take over the entire portfolio of more than 850,000 generic top-level domain (gTLD) names held by RegisterFly.”

GoDaddy And Friends Rescue RegisterFly Database
“GoDaddy And Friends Rescue RegisterFly Database”
GoDaddy And Friends Rescue RegisterFly Database

Yet, for the uninitiated, that phrasing makes the act sound like a hostile acquisition, and it was really more of a rescue mission.  As the Channel Register’s Burke Hansen notes, “RegisterFly controlled two million domains, but a bitter personal breakup between the two founders led eventually to bizarre personal attacks, acrimonious litigation, and ultimately to the loss of ICANN accreditation.”

So when GoDaddy stepped in, “[I]t’s what many RegisterFly customers asked us to do,” says Bob Parsons, the company’s CEO and founder.  In an official statement, he also adds, “We worked with ICANN to effect a migration of the RegisterFly domains to GoDaddy.com and help those customers left in limbo.”

But ICANN and GoDaddy aren’t the only ones behind this benevolent act.  “Afilias and VeriSign, the two registries with the most RegisterFly names, have forgone considerable fees for transfers,” according to a press release.  “The gTLD registries GNR, NeuStar and PIR also acted to prevent deletion of names.  As well, Tucows took uncompensated effort to provide data and pursue a solution that would protect registrants.”

So all appears to be well in regards to the RegisterFly fiasco; those affected domain names should be safely within GoDaddy’s grasp by the end of next week.  GoDaddy does, of course, stand to profit as those domains get renewed, but it was still nice (and interesting) to see everyone pull together on this one.

GoDaddy And Friends Rescue RegisterFly Database
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  • UKnetGuy

    … but a shame that prior to RegisterFly handling the registrations itself, RF was acting as a reseller for eNom (reselling only ended in late Feb/ early March 2006)

    A number of my domains are thus under the control of eNom, but because one of the problems in this fiasco was that RF owed eNom money, eNom was not accepting ‘behind the scenes’ changes {eg to registrant name, or admin e-mail address, etc}, and not doing renewals.

    I’ve moved about 80 of 100 domains away to MyDomain.com, but some expired, and unfortunately, eNom has a habit of changing the nameserver entries and holding onto the domain for a further year.

    So now I have a number of domains which still show me as registrant (or worse, show the Whois privacy info – a free option with RegisterFly) and provide horrible ‘search portal’ advert pages if viewed (making it look like I threw away my principles and became a domain name squatter, whereas any income as a result of page viewing will go to eNom).

    Guess what, the fee eNom charges for retrieving a domain just after expiry is US$ 160 and I am simply not ‘made of money’.

    I didn’t notice mention of eNom in the article – but I sincerely hope they will also co-operate in releasing their ‘hold’ on the domains which have expired as a result of this whole fiasco

    Things at RegisterFly were going wrong during 2006 and into 2007, but only when I came to renew some domains (saw the money was paid, but no renewal happening) did I find things were going so badly wrong.

    I’ve got some domains “in limbo” but a number which did get released have now been registered by domain squatters (Cayman Island, and UK, so far) and without eNom also co-operating, I foresee the next few months as being chaotic for me and my clients (yes, some of their domains have now expired, or will do so soon)

  • Go Diddly

    Some complaints have arisen from former RegisterFly customers (whose domains were transferred from RegisterFly.com to Go Daddy in the May 29, 2007 agreement with ICANN) that Go Daddy is refusing to allow transfers out to other registrars. Go Daddy is citing ICANN rules which they claim allow them to deny transfers within the first 60 days of a previous transfer. Customers contend that this rule only applies to Holder-Authorized Transfers and note that the transfer from RegisterFly was involuntary.

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