ICANN Orders Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from De-Accredited Registrars
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has authorized the bulk transfer of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from two registrars after compliance actions resulted in their de-accrediation. In news alerts issued the 5th and 10th of March, ICANN announced that the Registrar Accreditation Agreements with domain registrars Asadal, Inc. and ABSYSTEMS INC (d/b/a YourNameMonkey.com), respectively, had recently terminated.
Following its De-Accreditated Registrar Transition Procedure, ICANN identified a gaining registrar for the gTLD names formerly managed by the de-accreditated registrars. ICANN authorized bulk transfers of the affected names according to the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) in order to protect domain owners from their registrar’s loss of accreditation. Domain owners with names registered with Asadal, Inc. are being informed of their domain’s transfer to the gaining registrar Gabia, Inc., and those with names at YourNameMonkey.com are being informed of their domain’s transfer to EnCirca, Inc.
Registrants preferring to move their domain to a registrar besides the one chosen by ICANN may do so, provided that EnCirca and Gabia may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer in accordance with the IRTP. There is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer but unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, there will not be an extension of the registration for an additional year. If your domains are scheduled to expire soon its important you contact the gaining side registrar immediately to prevent the loss of your domain.