Domain “slamming” registrar Brandon Gray Internet Services, which does business as NameJuice.com, has finally received its first ICANN compliance notice.
If you’ve been around the industry for a while you’ll know Brandon Gray better as Domain Registry of America, Domain Registry of Canada, Domain Renewal Group and various other pseudonyms.
It was sued for slamming by Register.com back in 2002, spanked by the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency as recently as 2009, and de-accredited by .ca registry CIRA.
There’s a list of the various times it’s run afoul of regulators over on Wikipedia.
ICANN yesterday sent a breach notice (pdf) to Brandon Gray, saying the company failed to “maintain and make available to ICANN registration records relating to dealings with the Registered Name Holder” of businesspotion.com, in violation of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement.
A Whois look-up reveals that businesspotion.com has belonged to the same registrant since 2009. However, in April 2011 it was transferred from 1&1 to Brandon Gray (DROA/NameJuice).
I can only guess why it might have been transferred.
However, the material ICANN wants only relates to the period from July this year.
It appears from the compliance notice that the owner of the domain tried to transfer his name away from DROA recently but claims to have not received the necessary authorization codes.
Brandon Gray has until January 13 to provide ICANN with the requested documentation or face losing its accreditation.
Back in 2011, the last time Brandon Gray tried to slam me, I asked: “Isn’t it about time ICANN shut these muppets down?”
Hopefully, that wish is a step closer to reality today.