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Four registrars terminated

Four small domain name registrars have lost their ICANN accreditation and their domain names have been transferred to another.

ICANN announced on Friday that US-based C I Host and Central Registrar (Domainmonger.com), along with Panama-based Power Brand Center have all been terminated for non-compliance.

Breach notices had been sent earlier this year covering everything from broken Whois to a failure to cooperate with audits.

Dotted Ventures, also American, had allowed its accreditation to lapse in March. It had, however, also been sent a breach notice for non-payment of ICANN fees in April.

The gTLD domains they managed, which amount to between a couple of hundred and a couple of thousand each, have all been transferred to UK-based Astutium, which isn’t much bigger.

Customers of each terminated registrar will receive notices from Astutium instructing them how to proceed, ICANN said. There shouldn’t be a cost to transfer, so any request for cash may be a phishing attack.

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.