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Getting Domains out of RegisterFly?



3:44 pm on May 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 3 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/domain_names/3284527.htm [webmasterworld.com] by brett_tabke - 9:52 am on May 9, 2007 (cst -5)

Just a quick question about Registerfly.

i am trying to get a domain for my client, i did a whois to find out the following information:
Whois Server: whois.registerfly.com
Referral URL: [registerfly.com...]
Status: pendingDelete
Updated Date: 12-mar-2007
Creation Date: 01-feb-2006
Expiration Date: 01-feb-2007

does anybody know how and when this domain will be available. I read that once a domain fall into the "PendginDelete" status, it should ebcome automatically available, even the onwer will have to bid on it to get it back. Is that true?

is there a way for me to get it? I can't even contact the owner as it does not show the info on the whois result page.

thanks for th efeed back and great info on this thread


5:29 pm on May 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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is there a way for me to get it?

I would be cautious about trying to pick up expired registerfly domains. It may well be an innocent customer who got caught-up in the mess, and wasn't able to renew. You could ultimately have the domain taken from you, and in any case vultures swooping down on these domains just makes a bad situation worse.

But to answer your question, I believe that expiration of registerfly domains is currently blocked at the registry level at the request of ICANN. So, no, there's no way you can get it.


3:36 am on May 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much for your answer jtara.
It's kind of a really bad situation for so many people.

Out of curiosity, is that the biggest "mess" in the registrar history?

Do we have any clues how long this will last? I keep on reading about it but i can't find any concrete solution.
I won't say the name but the domain i am trying to get for my client is 99.999999% taken by a cyber-squatter. The name target so much one country and one industry and my client and i already did some research about competition and we know nobody else is trying to make such business.

I know that we can fight and get a name from a cyber-squatter legally but i think this will be different since the registrar is not answering to anybody anymore.
And if the owner is just letting this situation going for ever. How will i get it back.
At one point in time, this name has to be release, no? what happen if nobody renew it and RegisterFLy close completely business? won't they try to sell their client list or something?

it's very confusing!



5:03 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I renewed my domain with registerfly back in January, and they still have it as expired. The expiration wasn't until February and I was told that since my domain has expired, I can not transfer it until it is renewed. Is there any possible action I can take at this point, or do I just have to wait it out? All I wanted was for my domain to be brought up to date, so I can utilize it. I am willing to allow registerfly to hold my registration until everything is cleared up.


5:04 am on May 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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if you go to www.icann.org's website on the home page there is an announcement and FAQ on registerfly. It is on the right side, under the heading "Having a problem with a register". They have some tips there, also with my own circumstance, I used registerfly when they were a reseller for enom. I wrote enom an email, and they promptly answered me back. I wrote the email at 10:30 cst last night and I had a response at lunch today (12:30). They requested a photo of my DL for ID verification, a screenshot of my expired domain that is trapped from inside the registerfly control panel and a screenshot of my other domains inside the registerfly control panel. The catch is, you had to have been a member of enom before. Since I was with registerfly when they were a reseller for enom, I am trying it and they are running it through. Hopefully it will work out, otherwise I have to sit on it and wait until ICANN pulls there accreditation away.


5:20 am on May 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for this valuable information
i find this article very useful in my case and i am sure for tons of other people:

all i have to say is: "what a mess!"



8:38 am on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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the Registerfly saga seems to have a new chapter.

Things seems to move on or it seems to me, one domain that i was after has now the status of "expired" where it was "pending-delete" before. but the strange thing is that this is showing only on registerfly look up and not in any other whois lookup.

anybody knows why? also what do you think about company like [snapnames.com...] where you can place bid and follow soon to be expire domains.

or is there another solution to make sure to get a domain as soon as it expires and get notified

thanks for the info


7:33 am on May 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I replied to you in the other thread you posted in... "Backordering Domains....."


2:18 am on May 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

The RegisterFly mess is starting to be unwound. On April 16, a district court in Los Angeles issued a temporary restraining order, ordering RegisterFly to turn over its records to ICANN. RegisterFly tried ignoring that. On April 26th, the court made it a permanent injunction. RegisterFly ignored that.

On May 16th, ICANN got a contempt order from the court, authorizing them to enter RegisterFly's premises with law enforcement assistance and take the data. On May 16th, the court ordered Kevin Medina, RegisterFly's CEO, to show up in court on May 25th or be arrested.

He showed up.

He's being fined $5000 per day until he complies.

It looks like RegisterFly domains will be transferred to GoDaddy, and the mess will be unwound over there. According to ICANN, most of the data has already been transferred. A public announcement should come from GoDaddy any day now.

See the ICANN blog. [blog.icann.org ]


10:05 am on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i am really stuck, cannot renew domain and cannot transfer.
regarding godaddy i dont know where they would put my domain it is .co.uk .any ideas.
i am glad i didnt use registerfly for my important domains and paid more for it.


10:46 am on May 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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.co.uk's should be easy - just contact Nominet and they should move them to your preferred (any) registrar for you.

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