- Ok, there's probably going to be another $h1t-storm coming CIRA's way, kinda like the last one with WHC when they awarded an auctioned domain to two people...
I kinda suspected this was the case, but I have now confirmed it to be 100% true. A registrar (MyID) screwed the pooch big time, with domains that had been supposedly PAID FOR AND WITH RECEIPTS, allowed to expire anyways, and those domains then dropped in last weeks TBR. And of course some of those domains were subsequently re-registered and auctioned off. I know of at least two different domain owners that were affected, and the registrar behind the mess is MyID. Not only did they allow customer domains to expire (after they collected the renewal payment and issued a receipt), to add insult to injury, they recaptured some of the domains, then auctioned them off to other customers! What a great business, eh? Charge your client to renew a domain, pocket the funds, let the domain expire anyway, re-capture the domain in TBR, then auction it off again to some other domainer?
When you get a chance can you:
Let us all know what liability a registrar has to a customer in this situation?
Who would CIRA consider the rightful owner?
Will CIRA try to rectify the situation by recovering the improperly lost domains for the original owner?
Will CIRA sanction a registrar for not taking due care and safety with customer assets?
from MyID showing the domains were paid for and that the domains were supposedly renewed...
While I'm sure this wasn't intentional, it is progrommatically trivial to confirm that a renewal actually took place. Any registrar that cannot guarantee that much should not be a registrar. And there should be some help by CIRA to the rightful owner who lost domains, and some consequence to the registrar.
Thanks for any assistance and clarity to this situation.