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[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 
post-expiration notifications.

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 
found at: 

An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted: 

Further information:

    * 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
GNSO Secretariat

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