I'm getting really annoyed. I recently transferred my brother's domain name from his hosting company's control to Domain Discover where I've had a few others for several years. In the Domain Discover control panel there's a field called "Legal Owner". There it lists the president of the hosting company that originally secured the domain name for my brother's site. However, my name is listed as the registrant in whois. Domain Discover says they display their admin contact information as the registrant.
Here are some questions I'm hoping someone can help with:
a) is it considered OK for host companies to list themselves at the registrant for their client's sites? I thought that was frowned upon, and I've always listed my clients (side work) as the registrants and me as the technical and admin contact.
b) does icann recognize anything called "legal owner"? I'm beginning to think this whole thing is a ploy by Domain Discover. Are they just keeping the previous registrant listed there in their own database hoping to get the $25 fee to change it? They require the fee and they need a copy of the current "Legal Owner's" driver license faxed.
c) the guy listed as "legal owner" (hosting company president) is just blowing it off by saying he's never heard of such a thing, and it appears he won't be cooperating here. Domain Discover says I'll need to file a dispute with icann. What the !? I have full control over the domain name, but their one stupid (and possibly made up) "Legal Owner" field will force me to pay a fee and start a dispute resolution?
d) lastly, is it ok for Domain Discover to display the admin contact as the registrant? That doesn't seem right and actually seems like it might be breaking an icann rule.
Any advice is greatly appreciated here.