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ICANN cans broke registrar

Kevin Murphy, October 1, 2010, 14:25:36 (UTC), Domain Registrars has lost its registrar accreditation after ICANN decided it had gone insolvent.
ICANN has alleged numerous other violations of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, but told the registrar that its insolvency allows it terminate the accreditation with immediate effect.
ICANN’s letter to 4Domains (pdf) describes a company unable not only to pay its roughly $6,110 in due ICANN fees, but also to fund its registry accounts, service its customers and pay its staff.
From this, ICANN has concluded that the registrar is insolvent, and has terminated its accreditation.

4Domains is acting in manner that endangers the stability and operational integrity of the Internet, which is a separate grounds to support ICANN’s termination of the 4Domains RAA.

ICANN said 4Domains was also failing to escrow its registrant data, “due to an inability of the 4Domains programmer to resolve the escrow deposit issues”.
But it has this week supplied ICANN with an electronic copy of its customer database, so it appears that most registrants will be protected should their domains be transferred to another registrar.
The company has been told it may now nominate another registrar to take over its accounts in bulk.
4Domains was accredited in 2000, making it one of the first registrars to go live. According to, it has about 25,000 active registrations in five gTLDs.

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Comments (6)

  1. Odd, prior to ICANN there were no Registrars.
    ISPs interfaced directly with the Registry.
    ISPs had customers.
    The .NET was a much “better” place.

  2. Jon says:

    Good for ICANN, I don’t think anyone wants a registrar like this one.

  3. Abe Trader says:

    it is classic capitalism, the small companies dwarfed by giants… godaddy, moniker, 1&1 will be the only players left.

  4. Craig says:

    Wow, looks like ICANN actually learnt from the Registerfly debacle.

  5. Helmuts says:

    huhh, interesting article.. :/ .. yes, sometimes businesses do go insolvent. Interestingly – is now put for sale.

    Best wishes!
    Domain Summit

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