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Whether ICANN officially acknowledges the existence of domain front-running, the international organization is named in a class-action lawsuit against Network Solutions. The litigants architecting the suit claim ICANN’s return policy allowed Network Solutions to register searched-for domains and then raise the price.
The domain frontrunning issue isn’t exactly an open-and-shut case. In fact, it’s more like an X-Files case. ICANN can’t find evidence the practice really exists, and the one entity who says he has proof won’t provide that proof.
It’s not like enacting policies against ghosts, exactly. You don’t need proof of the existence of frontrunning to enact a policy against it. But in this case, proof might have helped Network Solutions not look so bad.
Controversy is brewing about domain registrar company Network Solutions’ newly instituted practice of automatically registering domain names users search for and then jacking up the price during ICANN’s return grace period.
Critics call it "extortion," but Network Solutions calls it a service to protect customers from the practice of "front running." The extra charge is, assumedly, the protection fee — you know, just like the one the mob offers.
The Network Solutions practice of registering domains being searched by visitors to the registrar has domainers demanding action by ICANN.