Re: [ga] repost: Domain not available
- To: Hugo Monteiro <hugo.monteiro@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [ga] repost: Domain not available
- From: Patrick Klos <patrick@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:29:55 -0500
On 1/16/2013 2:58 AM, Hugo Monteiro wrote:
This is a repost of a message i sent to compliance@xxxxxxxxx
<mailto:compliance@xxxxxxxxx>, which apparently is the proper address
to report these kind of activities. This repost, into this list, is
happening since the original message was sent six days ago and i have
not received any response, not even an automated aknowledgement.
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I have tried to register the domain mafalda.name
<http://mafalda.name/> on October 31 of 2012.
It was a domain name that was registered by someone else and that had
let the registry expire.
I have checked the domain availability by querying the whois database,
which confirmed me that the domain name was not found on the database.
I have tried to register the domain through two different registrars.
They both accepted my registry submission but later have told me that
the domain was not available after all.
I have submitted this issue to the GA mailing list and received
response from Mr Atif Beg telling me to further inquire the reasons of
this behaviour and to submit this complain if i was to find that there
was evidence of non compliance (~PDW-469171).
My further inquiry was directly made to Network Solutions, which
manages the .name space and i was told, back then, that the particular
domain was being reserved for third level registrations only. That was
not the case for the previous registration since the second level
domain mafalda.name <http://mafalda.name/> was registered by someone
It's now the 10th of January, two and a half months have gone by, and
still that domain is not listed on the whois database and i still
cannot register it either. This behavior is unacceptable and Network
Solutions is performing domain squatting in the hopes that there are
many interested parties so that they can market the domain for third
level registration only.
Please take the appropriate actions so that the domain name
mafalda.name <http://mafalda.name/> gets available for registration,
like it already should be, by now.
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Again, i can't stress how unfortunate all these matters are.
Unfortunately, ICANN seems more concerned with collecting money than
with enforcing their contracts. They turn a blind eye to registrars
that break the rules because it's easier than following up and making
these registrars comply with their contracts. They claim that WHOIS
records are supposed to be up to date and accurate, with WORKING contact
email addresses, yet I'm sure they aren't happy when THEY try to send an
email to a contact and get back an auto-response saying "I'm sorry, but
you'll have to use our proprietary web page to contact this domain