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ICANN terminates three registrars

Kevin Murphy, February 12, 2013, Domain Registrars

ICANN has pulled the plug on three accredited domain name registrars, saying they all failed to comply with an audit.

Lime Labs, R Lee Chambers Company (DomainsToBeSeen.com) and Central Registrar (Domainmonger.com) have been given 30 days notice that their accreditations are being yanked and that their domains will be transferred to other registrars.

About 12,000 domains will be affected, the vast majority of which are managed by Lime Labs.

The three registrars were among 10 that ICANN pounced on last month when they failed to respond to its Contractual Compliance Audit Program.

This program is a three-year initiative to make sure registrars and registries are complying with their contractual requirements. A third of registrars were randomly selected to take part late last year.

According to ICANN’s termination notices, all three registrars ignored last month’s warnings and did not submit the data required for the audit.

DomainsToBeSeen and Domainmonger both have just a few hundred gTLD domain names under management each. Lime Labs is much larger, with over 11,000.

The terminations will come into affect March 13.

Ten registrars spanked for ignoring ICANN audit

Kevin Murphy, January 14, 2013, Domain Registrars

ICANN has sent breach notices to 10 domain name registrars for failing to respond to its ongoing contract compliance audit.

The 10 registrars with breach notices are: Crosscert, Mat Bao, DomainsToBeSeen.com, USA Webhost, Internet NAYANA Inc, Cheapies.com, Domainmonger.com, Lime Labs, Namevault.com, and Power Brand Center.

According to ICANN, these registrars failed to provide the requested documentation as required by their Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

The Contractual Compliance Audit Program is a proactive three-year effort to check that all registries and registrars are abiding by the terms of their agreements.

ICANN selected 317 registrars at random for the first year of the program. As of January 4, 22 had not responded to these notices.

Only registrars signed up to the 2009 version of the RAA are contractually obliged to respond.

Verisign, which was one of six gTLD registries selected to participate this year, has controversially refused to let ICANN audit .net, saying it is not obliged to do so.

While the .net contract does have some audit requirements, we understand they’re not as wide-ranging as ICANN’s audit envisages.

The 10 registrars have been given until February 1 to provide ICANN with the necessary information or risk losing their accreditations.