ICANN Terminates “Bargin Register” Registrar Accreditation After Failing to Keep Accurate Whois

ICANN sent a notice of termination of registrar accreditation agreement for the registrar Bargin Register, Inc. on the 20th of February 2013.

Bargin Register, Inc.’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) dated 23 March 2011 was terminated pursuant to Section 5.3.4 of the RAA. The termination shall become effective 22 March 2013, 30 days from the date of this notice.
The termination is due to Bargin’s failure to timely cure breaches set forth in ICANN’s notice of breach of RAA dated 19 November 2012 by 10 January 2013, the second extended cure date granted by ICANN.

As of 20 February 2013, the following breaches remain:
1. Bargin’s failure to maintain registration data and records concerning the domain name rexrothdistributors.com pursuant to Section 3.4.2 of the RAA; and
2. Bargin’s failure to make registration data and records available to ICANN
upon reasonable notice, pursuant to Section 3.4.3 of the RAA.

The domain rexrothdistributors.com was transferred to the complainant after UDRP proceedings at the Asian Doman Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC). ICANN accused the registrar back in November 2012 for failing to respond to UDRP verification requests. Apparently Bargin Register didn’t reveal the identity of the respondent, so the UDRP decision names the respondent as “PrivacyProtect.org” that is a whois privacy service.

On the 11th of February ICANN sent another three notices of termination of registrar accreditation agreements. The three registrars were:

  1. Central Registrar, Inc. DBA Domainmonger.com’s (“Domainmonger.com”) (accredited since 4 October 2010)
  2. R. Lee Chambers Company LLC dba DomainsToBeSeen.com’s (“DomainsToBeSeen.com”) (accredited since 5 March 2008)
  3. Lime Labs LLC’s (“Lime Labs”) LimeDomains.com (accredited since 9 October 2009)

The 3 registrars above were part of the 10 ICANN accredited registrar were in breach of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on the 11th January 2013.

Domain Name Transition Process
To protect domain name registrants, ICANN will commence the domain name transition process and will solicit bids for a qualified ICANN-accredited registrar to manage the domain names currently managed by the three registrars above. ICANN will follow the De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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