ICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of registrar Red Register Inc.’s domain names to DirectNIC Ltd., due to the de-accreditation of Red Register Inc.
The affected gTLD registries have taken steps to effect bulk transfers of Red Register's names.
Former registrant-customers of Red Register should soon receive notices of the transfer from DirectNIC. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to DirectNIC at:
Additional information about this bulk transfer of Red Register’s domain names is provided below.
Q.Why was this transfer authorized by ICANN?
A.Red Register’s Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) was terminated by ICANN because of Red Register’s failure to comply with the requirements of the RAA. (The notice of termination is posted at http://www.icann.org/correspondence/burnette-to-sundin-11sep09-en.pdf.) As a result, Red Register is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations.
Q.How was the gaining registrar selected?
A.In accordance with ICANN’s De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see http://www.icann.org/en/processes/registrars/de-accredited-registrar-transition-procedure-01oct08.pdf), on 16 September 2009, ICANN initiated a Request for Expressions of Interest to identify an ICANN-accredited registrar to manage the registrations formerly managed by Red Register. ICANN received 15 statements of interest from registrars in response to the RFI. Through the procedure, ICANN selected DirectNIC Ltd. to receive the bulk transfer from Red Register.
Q.Will DirectNIC attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should current/former Red Register customers do?
A.Former customers of Red Register should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from DirectNIC. Affected customers who do not receive notices from DirectNIC should contact DirectNIC directly, at:
Q.Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?
A.No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact DirectNIC if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.
Q.Why do former Red Register customers need to contact DirectNIC?
A.Red Register did not forward billing information to DirectNIC. Accordingly, all registrants must provide updated billing information or transfer their names to other registrars.
Q.What if former DirectNIC customers want to use a different registrar?
A.Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see http://www.icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that DirectNIC may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at DirectNIC’s discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, and is intended to help protect registrants. Names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to DirectNIC should be renewed by the registrant by contacting DirectNIC at:
Q.How will Red Register customers know if a message purportedly from DirectNIC is legitimate?A.The message from DirectNIC should direct you to their website hosted at http://www.directnic.com/ or refer you to other contact information provided above. If you believe a message purportedly from DirectNIC is not legitimate, you should navigate to their web page directly, at http://www.directnic.com/. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see http://www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html).