Domain Name Owner – 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Domain Name Registration

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

The domain name owner is the person who currently owns a domain name. Sure, that was obvious. But here are some things that you might not know about that domain name you registered.

1. When you register for a domain name, your contact information is publicly listed in the WHOIS database. Your registrar may provide domain name privacy services where they list their corporate information as the contact to hide your personal address, telephone number and email. (You still retain full control over the domain name.) Depending on the backbone of the registrar, they will protect your personal information from prying eyes and spam harvesters, but probably not law enforcement agencies.

2. If you use domain name privacy to register your domain name and your registrar goes out of business, you may have difficulty proving your rights. Some registrars protect their customer’s privacy by storing customer data with a third party in escrow in case the registrar goes bankrupt.

3. The legal owner of the domain is whoever controls the domain’s username and passwords, email address, and administrative features.

4. The domain name owner (in most cases) has control over the domain name for as long as they keep on renewing their registration and paying the fees. If they let the domain name expire, the domain name owner gets a grace period to buy back the domain name. The domain name may get sold on auction by the registrar, but the domain name owner still has first rights to reclaim their domain name. (But, of course, they’ll have to pay an additional penalty to the domain name registrar for waiting so long to renew it.) Once the domain name is dropped by the registrar and released from the ICANN/Verisign databases, then the previous domain name owner has to line up with everyone else to fight for that domain name.

5. A domain name owner may lose control of the domain name if there is a trademark-based domain name dispute. Most trademark issues have to be resolved by agreement, court action or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend or transfer a domain name.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers governs and .biz, .info, .name, .net, .org and .com domain names. Their uniform domain name dispute resolution policy (www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm) is followed by all registrars. If you have a complaint against a domain name owner (like cybersquatting), check out the ICANN website for a list of Dispute Resolution Service Providers.

6. Domain name registrations are non refundable. A registrar might give you a refund on a webhosting package, but they’ll usually deduct the cost of the domain name registration from your refund.

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