The redlining below shows changes proposed to the 11 May
2001 version of Appendix C of the .biz Registry Agreement to implement
the Redemption Grace Period. Added text is shown
with underlining and in magenta;
text is shown stricken out and in red.
C.11 Additional Services
Redemption Grace Period
The Redemption Grace Period Service allows registrars
to restore Registered Names that were unintentionally deleted and are
still within a thirty-day Redemption Grace Period (RGP). The RGP Service
cover all names deleted by registrars, with the exception of those names
deleted in the Add Grace Period.
The RGP Service may be implemented in two stages.
Stage 1 is as described in the following. In the future, ICANN and Registry
Operator will discuss implementation of Stage 2, with the goal, if feasible,
of allowing registrants to choose which registrar will restore their deleted
The .biz Registry RGP is a fully automated and
EPP-compliant implementation. Only statuses defined in the current EPP
specifications will be used. As such all domains slated for deletion will
remain in PendingDelete status for 35 days or until they are restored.
All domains deleted outside the Add Grace Period
will be placed on PendingDelete status for a total of 35 days, after which
time the names will be purged from the Registry database and made available
again for registration.
During this PendingDelete timeframe, domain names can only be restored
during the first 30 days, and cannot be otherwise modified. The only action
allowed by the Registrar is the restoration of the domain name.
Note: BULK TRANSFER operations are allowed within
the 30-day RGP provided that such transfer is in accordance with Exhibit
D to Appendix F. The gaining registrar in any ICANN-approved bulk transfer
assumes the role of the deleting registrar with regards to any name in
the PendingDelete status sponsored by the losing registrar at the time
Note: TRANSFER or modification requests shall
not be allowed during the RGP.
Upon being placed in PendingDelete status, domain names will be immediately
removed from the DNS, but will remain in the Whois with a notation about
their availability of being restored. (See Appendix O for further details).
At the conclusion of the 30-day RGP, the domain will remain on PendingDelete
for an additional five days. During this time, the domain cannot be restored,
modified, deleted, or transferred. At the conclusion of this five-day
period, the domain will be purged from the Registry database and hence
available for re-registration.
The implementation of the Redemption Grace
Period Service involves one command.
RESTORE Command: Registrars may restore names
by using the existing EPP Renew command. In addition, EPP extensions will
be used to capture the additional required reporting information, see
below. A successful restore command will terminate the PendingDelete status,
remove the deleted status attribute from the registration and return the
registered name to the same state it was in immediately prior to the delete
If the registered name is past its expiration date at the time it is restored,
then, following the restore, its registration term will be extended by
the minimum term of years necessary to bring it current. The registrar
will first be debited for the restoration and following for the renewal
There is no Restore Grace Period.
Appropriate Use of the Restore Capability
Registrars may only RESTORE Registered Names
in order to correct unintentional deletions caused by registrant, registrar,
or registry mistake (or as required by operation of the UDRP or other
applicable dispute resolution policy in order to implement a court, arbitral
tribunal or Administrative Panel decision). Restoring Registered Names
in order to assume the rights to use or sell them will be considered an
abuse of the system and will give Registry Operator the ability to delete
those impacted domain names or terminate the Registry-Registrar Agreement.
Registrar Reporting Requirement
In order to facilitate verification of registrar
compliance with the intended purpose of the Redemption Grace Period Service,
Registrars are required to submit a "Registrar Restore Report"
to the Registry Operator with a copy to ICANN.
The reports will be generated as set forth by the Registry Operator through
the restore command (EPP extensions) and in accordance with the below:
The following data shall be provided by the Registry
- WHOIS data for deleted name, as it existed
prior to deletion
- WHOIS data for deleted name, as it existed
at the time of report submission
- Exact date and time of deletion
- Exact date and time of restore
The following data shall be submitted by the
registrar as part of the restore command. Failure to provide all of the
following data at the time the restore command is submitted will result
in a failure to restore the domain name.
- Written explanation and corresponding reason
code as to why registered name was restored (e.g., registrant mistake,
registrar mistake, registry mistake, dispute resolution, etc.)
- Written statement affirming that Registrar
has not restored the .BIZ domain name in question in order to assume
the rights to use or sell the name for itself or for any third party
(unless the name was restored as required to give effect to an order
or decision from a court, arbitral tribunal or Administrative Panel
– in such cases a copy of the order should be provided separately
to the Registry Operator by no later than five (5) business days following
- Written statement affirming that information
in report is factually accurate to the best of the Registrar’s
knowledge, and that the registrar acknowledges that intentionally supplying
false information in the Restore Report shall constitute an incurable
material breach of the Registry-Registrar Agreement and may result in
the deletion of the impacted domain name(s).
The registry will maintain (for two years)
copies of all Restore commands, as well as provide ICANN with copies
of such reports. Further, the registry will include in its monthly report
to ICANN the number of Restore Reports received (see Appendix T).
Registry Transparency Requirement
– Registry Reports
The Registry will provide comprehensive, regularly
updated lists of names with a PendingDelete status to all Registrars
via an FTP or SCP mechanism; these lists will include corresponding
dates of deletion. These reports will only include names in the last
five days of the PendingDelete status.
Registry Transparency – Public
See Appendix O.
Registry Fees for Restoring Deleted
The maximum registry fee for restoring a deleted
name is set forth in Appendix G to the Registry Agreement. The Redemption
Grace Period Service fee is separate from, and in addition to, the ordinary
charges for registration term extensions.
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