[council] Public Comment: Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery Working Group Presents Its Proposed Final Report
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Public Comment: Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery Working Group Presents Its
Proposed Final Report
Your Input Requested on Fourteen (14) Recommendations
21 February 2011
The GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Policy Development
Process Working Group was tasked to address questions in relation to what
extent registrants should be able to renew their domain names after they
expire. At issue is whether the current policies of registrars on the renewal,
transfer and deletion of expired domain names are adequate. Following review of
the comments received on its Initial Report and further deliberations, the
Working Group now presents its Proposed Final Report, which contains fourteen
(14) recommendations to address the five charter questions it was assigned.
Before finalizing its report and submitting it to the GNSO Council for its
consideration, the Working Group is asking for your input on the proposed Final
Report, especially the proposed recommendations. The public comment forum will
be open for 45 days (until 7 April 2011).
For those interested, the PEDNR Working Group will present its report and
proposed recommendations at the ICANN meeting in San Francisco (see
http://svsf40.icann.org/sched-overview for further details).
The Recommendations (abbreviated version)
The full recommendations including rationales and other comments can be found
in the proposed Final Report.
Recommendation #1: Define "Registered Name Holder at Expiration" (RNHaE) to
clearly identify the entity or individual that was eligible to renew the domain
name registration immediately prior to expiration.
Recommendation #2: Provide a minimum of 8 days after expiration when the RNHaE
can renew, and disable normal operation during that time to attract the
attention of the RNHaE.
Recommendation #3: Changes to WHOIS after expiration must not alter the RNHaE
ability to renew.
Recommendation #4: All unsponsored gTLD Registries shall offer the Redemption
Grace Period (RGP).
Recommendation #5: If a Registrar offers registrations in a gTLD that supports
the RGP, the Registrar must allow the Registered Name Holder at Expiration to
redeem the Registered Name after it has entered RGP.
Recommendation #6: Registrar website should state any fee(s) charged for the
post-expiration renewal of a domain name.
Recommendation #7: Registrars who have a web presence, shall provide a link to
ICANN published web content providing educational materials with respect to
registrant responsibilities and the gTLD domain life-cycle.
Recommendation #8: ICANN, with the support of Registrars, ALAC and other
interested parties, is to develop educational materials about how to properly
steward a domain name and how to prevent unintended loss.
Recommendation #9: The registration agreement and Registrar web site (if one is
used) must clearly indicate what methods will be used to deliver pre- and
Recommendation #10: Registrar must notify Registered name Holder of impending
expiration no less than two times. Subject to an exceptions policy, the timing
of such notices is specified.
Recommendation #11: Notifications of impending expiration must include
method(s) that do not require explicit action other than standard e-mail
receipt in order to receive such notifications.
Recommendation #12: Unless the Registered Name is deleted by the Registrar, at
least one notification must be sent after expiration.
Recommendation #13: If at any time after expiration when the Registered Name is
still renewable by the RNHaE, the Registrar changes the DNS resolution path to
effect a different landing website than the one used by the RNHaE prior to
expiration, the page shown must explicitly say that the domain has expired and
give instructions on how to recover the domain.
Recommendation #14: Best Practice: If post-expiration notifications are
normally sent to a point of contact using the domain in question, and delivery
is known to have been interrupted by post-expiration actions, post-expiration
notifications should be sent to some other contact point associated with the
registrant if one exists.
Deadline and how to submit comments
Comments are welcome via e-mail to pednr-proposed-final-report@xxxxxxxxx until
7 April 2011.
Access to the public comment forum from which comments can be posted can be
An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted:
* PEDNR PDP Proposed Final Report [PDF, 972 KB]
* PEDNR PDP Proposed Final Report - Executive Summary only [PDF, 376 KB]
* PEDNR PDP Initial Report [PDF, 1.02 MB]
* PEDNR PDP Initial Report - Executive Summary
o English [PDF, 128 KB]
* PEDNR WG workspace
At the ICANN Meeting in Cairo in November 2008, the At-Large Advisory Committee
(ALAC), voted to request an Issues Report on the subject of registrants being
able to recover domain names after their formal expiration date. The ALAC
request was submitted to ICANN policy staff and the GNSO Council on 20 November
2008. The Issues Report on Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery [PDF, 422 KB]
was submitted to the GNSO Council on 5 December 2008. The GNSO Council
initiated a PDP on 7 May 2009 and tasked a Working Group to answer the
following charter questions:
* Whether adequate opportunity exists for registrants to redeem their
expired domain names;
* Whether expiration-related provisions in typical registration agreements
are clear and conspicuous enough;
* Whether adequate notice exists to alert registrants of upcoming
* Whether additional measures need to be implemented to indicate that once
a domain name enters the Auto-Renew Grace Period, it has expired (e.g., hold
status, a notice on the site with a link to information on how to renew, or
other options to be determined);
* Whether to allow the transfer of a domain name during the RGP.
The Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) PDP Working Group started its
deliberations in July 2009.
Staff responsible: Marika Konings
Glen de Saint Géry