RegisterFly update: 11 May

by Kieren McCarthy on May 11, 2007

ICANN’s motion for civil contempt against RegisterFly has been granted by the court.

That means that ICANN is able, with the assistance of a law enforcement official, to enter RegisterFly’s premises and seize all its customers’ registration data, as well as gain access to RegisterFly’s books and records in order to carry out a full audit.

The Court also ordered the personal appearance of Kevin Medina and RegisterFly’s general counsel to show cause why further contempt sanctions should not be imposed. That hearing will take place later this month.

The contempt was filed on Wednesday 2 May and granted the following Wednesday, 9 May, by Judge Manuel L. Real of the District Court for the Central District of California. RegisterFly had failed to comply with both a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a Preliminary Injunction previously issued against it in this case.

We will keep people informed of any subsequent developments.

{ 43 comments }

Mike G 05.11.07 at 8:08 am

So…what can we expect?

This is obviously great news, but what happens now?

bigfoot 05.11.07 at 8:09 am

Now that permission has been granted, can we look forward to an update that says the data has been retrieved? Obviously we’re not going to be told in advance (it would warn Kevin and pals) but it would be encouraging to know that ICANN have the data and were analysing it to establish how and when to proceed.

John GRogan 05.11.07 at 12:39 pm

I am glad to see something has been done about these. Now is there a class action suit against these guys to recover fraudulant charges?

Kristen 05.11.07 at 2:12 pm

Both myself and my kids will be happy to have full control of our domain again. 8 more days til it expires. We are counting down until it’s expired…lol.

Anyways, glad to hear the good news.

Christ Community Church 05.11.07 at 3:23 pm

Our church family has surely missed having access to our website. Many use this resource for their weekly chuch news, sermon notes and features.

We will all be relieved when we can soon gain access and put this behind us.

Thanks for your hard work.

Greg 05.11.07 at 3:32 pm

If you are expecting to have your domain back any time soon don’t hold your breath. Kevin Medina has been uncooperative up until now and there is really no reason to think that a civil contempt motion is going to change anything.

A well-reasoned and thoughful analyis of the current developments can be seen at http://www.registerflies.com/admins-updates/whats-going-to-happen-with-our-domain-names.html

Karen 05.11.07 at 6:31 pm

I simply do not have any idea why Registerfly.com is still operative and why the owners are not in jail. I am losing business every day this goes on. I have wedding music where brides book a year in advance. My company name is all over the internet under the name Registerfly is holding hostage. I have changed my domain name, however my original name is what people find. This takes them into a brick wall going nowhere. Why, please tell me why, are these owners are not in jail and their web site is still able to accept money fraudulently. Are there no laws regarding stealing money and property on the internet? I am very confused.

Karen Addie 05.11.07 at 6:38 pm

I commented before and just wanted to add my URL. Maybe this could help a little in just getting my new name out. If I held my breath waiting for something right to happen I would turn blue.

Abdul 05.11.07 at 11:40 pm

I have some very valuable domains that RegisterFly hijacked out of my account by changing the contact information to their own and changing the contact email addresses, and actually moving the domain out of my RegisterFly account.They changed Whois Records for those domains, registerfly only put their contact and no real contacts. Registerfly had replaced my email address on the domains with support@registerfly.com no real admin contacts.
They don’t reply my support request

Dave Zan 05.12.07 at 1:08 am

You definitely can, bigfoot. But whether we will is a question that’ll be answered soon.

The sooner ICANN serves the court order, the sooner they can take the next course of action depending on what’s happened since then. Of course, ICANN won’t say they have the data until they’re able to possibly secure it in their hands.

Nobody wants to make promises they can’t keep. But people are definitely watching.

Max 05.12.07 at 7:19 am

ICANN .. I have up to 12 domain names that are due to expire with Registerfly.com (as their own ICANN accredited registrar) these name will expire in June … I need something done to transfer these names to another Registrar prior to the June expirey .. are you going to make this happen anytime soon ? if so please supply some clarification of how i should proceed in order to save the names from becoming deactivated …

Abdul 05.12.07 at 7:45 am

Here below I give one exemple of WHOIS records of 1 of my many domains. Registerfly hijacked all of my domains by changing WHOIS records. Please tell me how can I transfer those domains to other registrar.

Request:***.biz
whois server for *.biz is whois.neulevel.biz …
from whois.neulevel.biz:43 [cached Sat May 12 07:41:49 2007 UTC]
Domain Name: ***.BIZ
Domain ID: D15471419-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: REGISTERFLY.COM, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 821
Domain Status: serverDeleteProhibited
Registrant ID: DI_5492147
Registrant Name: Default Profile
Registrant Organization: N/A:61291756
Registrant Address1: 404 Main Street
Registrant Address2: 4th Floor
Registrant City: Boonton
Registrant State/Province: NJ
Registrant Postal Code: 07005
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Country Code: US
Registrant Phone Number: +1.9737362545
Registrant Facsimile Number: +1.9737361355
Registrant Email: support@registerfly.com
Administrative Contact ID: DI_5492147
Administrative Contact Name: Default Profile
Administrative Contact Organization: N/A:61291756
Administrative Contact Address1: 404 Main Street
Administrative Contact Address2: 4th Floor
Administrative Contact City: Boonton
Administrative Contact State/Province: NJ
Administrative Contact Postal Code: 07005
Administrative Contact Country: United States
Administrative Contact Country Code: US
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +1.9737362545
Administrative Contact Facsimile Number: +1.9737361355
Administrative Contact Email: support@registerfly.com
Billing Contact ID: DI_5492147
Billing Contact Name: Default Profile
Billing Contact Organization: N/A:61291756
Billing Contact Address1: 404 Main Street
Billing Contact Address2: 4th Floor
Billing Contact City: Boonton
Billing Contact State/Province: NJ
Billing Contact Postal Code: 07005
Billing Contact Country: United States
Billing Contact Country Code: US
Billing Contact Phone Number: +1.9737362545
Billing Contact Facsimile Number: +1.9737361355
Billing Contact Email: support@registerfly.com
Technical Contact ID: DI_5492147
Technical Contact Name: Default Profile
Technical Contact Organization: N/A:61291756
Technical Contact Address1: 404 Main Street
Technical Contact Address2: 4th Floor
Technical Contact City: Boonton
Technical Contact State/Province: NJ
Technical Contact Postal Code: 07005
Technical Contact Country: United States
Technical Contact Country Code: US
Technical Contact Phone Number: +1.9737362545
Technical Contact Facsimile Number: +1.9737361355
Technical Contact Email: support@registerfly.com
Name Server: NS2.DOTFROG.COM
Name Server: NS1.DOTFROG.COM
Created by Registrar: DIRECT INFORMATION PVT LTD DBA PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM
Last Updated by Registrar: REGISTERFLY.COM, INC.
Last Transferred Date: Wed Feb 07 16:03:48 GMT 2007
Domain Registration Date: Fri Dec 01 14:17:30 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sun Nov 30 23:59:59 GMT 2008
Domain Last Updated Date: Mon Apr 09 02:59:32 GMT 2007

Abdul 05.12.07 at 8:07 am

Registerfly had replaced my email address on the domains with support@registerfly.com. Registerfly don’t reply my support request.

I have auth. Codes and all domains are unlocked. I have proofs that shows I am the owner of those domains.

Would you please tell me how can I transfer affected domains to other registrar.

Erik Stensland 05.12.07 at 3:57 pm

I have a new small business in which I have invested everything I have. A major portion of my sales and also visits to my gallery come through my website. My url is on 15′ signs, rack cards distributed throughout the region, on my new book, permanently applied to large prints hanging in restaurants, on the thousands of business cards I have handed out, etc. Despite my renewal payments Registerfly, they let my business name expire. All attempts to renew it have failed. It is not operational and I am losing the sales I need to pay my rent and feed my family. I can’t state the impact of the loss of this domain which I have spent years building. I am desperate and don’t want this company to take me down with them. Please help those of us who have our livelihood dependent on our lost domains!

Max 05.12.07 at 6:23 pm

*please tell me why, are these owners are not in jail and their web site is still able to accept money fraudulently. Are there no laws regarding stealing money and property on the internet? I am very confused. *

Karen .. There are no laws when it comes to domain names, they are not considered as property, Your only recouse is to charge back with your credit card provider if you have paid registerfly for name renewal that you did not recieve.

ICANN is the only judge and jury that can help to save your domain name, and they are inept, a toothless organization who are only interested in collecting their fee’s and UDRP fee’s.

Kieren McCarthy 05.13.07 at 1:54 am

Max,

There is a fine line between being justifiably angry and unreasonably vitriolic, and you have crossed it.

The answer to “why these owners aren’t in jail” is a concept called “due process”. I’m sure we would all like it if in the areas of life that directly affected us, the law and the courts would throw out all the rules and procedures built up over centuries and stick people in jail because we believe they have done wrong. But that’s not how society works.

If RegisterFly’s owners have indeed broken any law, it will be run through the law courts – in fact, one case is already being put through the system. This takes time, as you well know.

You are entirely wrong to say there are “no laws” when it comes to domain name. You are also entirely wrong when you say domains are not considered property, although admittedly it still remains a grey area. You are also entirely wrong when you say the only recourse is credit card providers.

You are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is either a judge, or a jury. You are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is the only organisation that can do anything. You are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is inept, or toothless, or only interested in collecting fees.

It may have slipped your notice but ICANN has aggressively chased RegisterFly in the courts to the extent that ICANN now has a civil contempt order against RegisterFly and both Kevin Medina and the company’s general counsel have been ordered to appear in court later this month.

You do not understand how the Internet works. The domain name system works through a series of contracts between registries, registrars, registrants and ICANN.

The RegisterFly problem has stemmed from the fact it was not foreseen that a company would purposefully damage its own and its customers’ interests. In the course of eight years and 80 million domains, this problem has never shown up before.

Since the DNS is reliant on these contracts, ICANN is not – and should not – be in a position to start rewriting them when it chooses, so ICANN had to follow the process set out in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

Everyone agrees that that process needs reforming because of this situation and that is exactly what is happening.

It is only a natural reflex for you to want to lash out if you have been affected badly by this, but making a series of transparently untrue statements is not going to get any of us anywhere.

I hope you will provide input into the reform of the RAA so we can make sure this doesn’t happen again. And also with luck make changes that should enable ICANN to foresee similar future problems.

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN

Kristen 05.13.07 at 4:58 am

My domain expires in 6 days.

Registerfly just enabled protectfly on my name and “locked” my name in control panel. Plus they have a status of “transferProhibited” added to my domain.

Next, they will probably change the whois.

ICANN, please help.

Kristen 05.13.07 at 5:01 am

Oh, and I did try to disable protectfly and unlock my domain. Plus contacted them repeatedly and nothing. I contacted Afilias and they are waiting to hear back from ICANN, they said.

Max 05.13.07 at 6:22 am

Rebuttal to Kieren McCarthy

*There is a fine line between being justifiably angry and unreasonably vitriolic, and you have crossed it.

The answer to “why these owners aren’t in jail” is a concept called “due process”. I’m sure we would all like it if in the areas of life that directly affected us, the law and the courts would throw out all the rules and procedures built up over centuries and stick people in jail because we believe they have done wrong. But that’s not how society works.*

I have said nothing about “why these owners arent in jail” thats a matter for a prosecutor and a court of law my comment were directed to Karen who has not had a reply of any kind with regard her dilema.

*You are entirely wrong to say there are “no laws” when it comes to domain name. You are also entirely wrong when you say domains are not considered property, although admittedly it still remains a grey area.

Please be so kind to supply a court judgment of any US court where a domain name has been attributed the status of property of the registrant ?

*You are also entirely wrong when you say the only recourse is credit card providers*

Please explain what other recouse is available to a registrant who has paid in advance not only for a domain name renewal for perhaps years in advance and for possible extra services offered for a fee by Registerfly. If you had spent your money with Registerfly and did not recieve the goods offered would you not want your money back ? Registerfly is still at this very moment accepting payment for domain name registrations and not supplying the product, a charge back of a credit card payment is the only way one can have a chance of getting their money back.

*You are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is either a judge, or a jury. *You are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is the only organisation that can do anything*

Please inform myself and all others affected by Registerflies actions what other organization can do anything, as you state that i am wrong in claiming that ICANN is the only organization that can do anything. Who else is there ?

*are entirely wrong when you say ICANN is inept, or toothless, or only interested in collecting fees.

It may have slipped your notice but ICANN has aggressively chased RegisterFly in the courts to the extent that ICANN now has a civil contempt order against RegisterFly and both Kevin Medina and the company’s general counsel have been ordered to appear in court later this month.*

ICANN had no choice but to act, to little to late in my view. ICANN did nothing shortly after Registerfly became an accredited registrar when almost immediatley Registerfly changed the Administration contact on every domain held by Registerfly under their reseller agreement with Enom to read ADMIN@REGISTERFLY.COM without notifing the registrant of the domain name thus automatically transfering what names they could across to there own Accredited Registrar and away from Enom as renewal notices were not recieved by the registrant and only renewed under the Registerfly banner. Enom rectified this problem in some cases when notified on this by pushing the names to an Enom account this happened more than one Year ago so the writing was well and truely written in neon lights that something was not right.

*You do not understand how the Internet works. The domain name system works through a series of contracts between registries, registrars, registrants and ICANN. *

I know what the contracts are. i also know that there are several hundred shelf registrars out there that are ICANN accredited whose only purpose to exist is to catch dropped names, they offer no services at all yet still exist.

I also understand that you need to defend your organization, thats your job, but ICANN is acting to slow and thousands of people are being badly hurt. There is no personal animosity in my comments, i am not lashing out i am pointing out.

Senaia 05.13.07 at 6:42 am

Hello

Although its really a slow proccess but I perosnally still have hope. My domain names including dnclass.com have expired months ago and if it wasn’t for ICANN, all domains would have been deleted long time ago and graped by some domainer in a public auction.

I logged into my registerfly weeks ago and took a few screenshots of my expired domains. I also recommand that everyone take’s a screenshot of his active and expired domains in his regfly account. You never know what regfly would do next, maybe miss all the data and make it harder for ICANN to return domains to their original owners. After all, they did change all the domains whois to support@registerfly.com !

Kieren McCarthy 05.13.07 at 7:16 am

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision that domains are convertible property can be found in full here: http://www.sexdotcom.info/media/dockets/ninth-court-decision.pdf

If you are interested you may also wish to review Umbro International, Inc. v. 3263851 Canada Inc. Where the judge said: “There can be little question that domain names are a form of intellectual property.”

Two other relevant cases:
Name.Space, Inc. v. Network Solutions, Inc. (2000)
Lockheed Martin Corp. v. NSI (1999)

And then there is the Trademark Cyberpiracy Act, signed in November 1999 which states: “The owner of a mark may file an in rem civil action against a domain name in the judicial district in which the domain name registrar, domain name registry, or other domain name authority that registered or assigned the domain name is located.”

There are many more, more recent cases.

So aside from complaining to the registrar, to a registry, to consumer groups, watchdog websites, to ICANN, or using either the civil or criminal courts where the increasing body of case law on domain names would be used to reach a decision, you are right, there are no options open.

There are a number of people also looking at how to produce a review and rating system for registrars to aid in people’s choice in future. ICANN will be fully supportive of those actions.

You are of course free to state your opinion. Even if that opinion stems from a limited understanding of the situation; even if that opinion has been formed without review of the main reference texts; even if that opinion is posted on the website of the organisation that actually deals with the issues; and even if you incorrectly ascribe a series of ill thought-out and patently incorrect motivations to that company.

You shouldn’t expect to go unchallenged however.

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN

Max 05.13.07 at 2:58 pm

Kieren Mcarthy,

I appreciate your comments and willingness to respond and the openness of this website / blog that has allowed myself to state personal views in relation to the Registerfly situation even if my views are considered to be incorrect. I am very pleased that i have not gone unchallenged. I do agree that domain names can be / maybe a form of intellectual property and or trade mark property, that however is not to be confused with real property a domain registrant never actually owns a domain name it is a lease hold / right to use as such.

All of the above is moot point.

Action is required immediately that will enable registrants of domain nams held by Registerfly the ability to move those names to another registrar / registry ASAP without the need for AuthCode ICANN has or in my view should have the ability that can make this scenario possible without having to wait on the results from ongoing court cases which could possibly take many years to achieve a result.

Kieren, many thanks for your response and interest

Dave Zan 05.13.07 at 10:41 pm

Are you able to log inside your account and change them?

Abdul 05.14.07 at 12:03 am

Registerfly moved those domains out of my RegisterFly account. I am not able to change them. I have sent proofs that shows I am the owner of those domains to transfer-questions@icann.org for helping me.

Kieren McCarthy 05.14.07 at 3:49 am

Thanks for this Max,

I’m glad we’ve been able to end up in looking at it constructively.

I think there is a case to be made about the potential risks of the AuthCode approach. But the system also comes with very clear advantages. These are exactly the sort of things we need to thrash out.

I’ll ponder out loud whether ICANN would be able to approve a registry contract for a new generic top-level domain that gave registrants significantly more ownership rights, and step away from the Network Solutions model of the domain only being leased.

In theory, that would be a competitive model – a registry offering a different style of domain. Although I’m sure there are enormous complications associated with it.

I suppose this is also the point – ICANN doesn’t decide what happens and how it happens. ICANN works on suggestions from the Internet community and then simply checks to make sure that the community isn’t opposed and that they won’t damage the Internet.

So if a company thought there was a strong enough model in offering registrants much greater rights, ICANN would put their model out for discussion to the various constituencies and act on the resulting recommendations.

Kieren

Diane 05.14.07 at 2:19 pm

Any updates as to where we stand with doing bulk transfers to another (hopefully reputable) registerer?

Someone like godaddy, or enom, cant comment on others as I havent used any others than godaddy & rf & now enom.

So, any updates or am I missing them somewhere?

Diane

Kieren McCarthy 05.14.07 at 2:34 pm

Hi Diane,

I hope to be able to give a proper update tomorrow. Sorry I can’t do so today.

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN

George 05.14.07 at 10:41 pm

Is there a way that all R.F websites freeze NOT EXPIRE until this MESS is over ? I got an email from someone who wants to sell MY WEBSITE (since 1996) for $411, he says he bough it in an auction !
I have about 106 websites with R.F I managed to move some to godaddy but the other ones are locked or private with no transfer code, I wrote to compliance@registerfly.com, but nothing happened for a week !
George Trivizas

Rick 05.14.07 at 11:36 pm

This Register Fly business seems out of control.

ICANN’s motion was granted on May 9th after being filed on May 2nd. If ICANN was prepared on this matter they would have entered Register Fly on May 10th and secured all domain info.

Instead its May 15 and still no word on the lock down of everyone’s domain rights.

Something has got to be done. Does anyone know where Register Fly is actually holding the domain info and the whereabouts of Kevin Medina?

What is the court date for the personal appearance of Kevin Medina?

Rick

bigfoot 05.15.07 at 5:20 am

Maybe this is the problem – if the data is not located at their main offices but the data centre that they use it could require another court order IMHO……

Virtuosity 05.15.07 at 8:36 am

eNom is reputable? please remember they last maneuver trying to fool Registerfly’s customers.

In fact after Registerfly ended the reseller agreement with eNom, lots of my domains at RF says “enom” still, incidentally all those with missing auth codes or whois data changed!

people 05.15.07 at 8:38 am

How to transfer out registerfly.
All authorization codes read “RRP”.

Mike G 05.15.07 at 11:13 am

While our domain names are in “limbo”, can someone tell me what will happen when a name expires then enters the 45 day grace period? Under normal circumstances, a name goes into a Pending Delete status after 45 days (and the name stops resolving).

Have all deadlines been “frozen” given this situation or should I expect my site to go dark after 45 days?

Karl 05.15.07 at 12:28 pm

OK Great ! NOW ICANN Why havent you Acted? Where is the Law? CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY THE REGISTERFLY SITE IS STILL IN OPERATION????????????

JD 05.15.07 at 12:58 pm

I too am a victim. I have two domains that expired after my renewal failed. I have tried to transfer domains with no luck and half of my older domains have no auth key or contact info now. One of my domains has a registerfly admin contact to someone at bluebottle.com? I have been waiting over two weeks for a response from RF so I guess I won’t get my hopes up. I think everyone that has domains that are down and losing money should get free registration for those domains for life from ICANN. They manage them and oversee everything and I think they should be held liable also for our losses. ICANN can you give us a daily update? I am calculating probably a loss of at least $100,000,000 a day for people that have sites with Registerfly.

Dave Zan 05.15.07 at 6:29 pm

“OK Great ! NOW ICANN Why havent you Acted? Where is the Law? CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY THE REGISTERFLY SITE IS STILL IN OPERATION????????????”

Uh, I guess ICANN’s not securing a court order and serving it on Registerfly isn’t acting? The law’s there, it’s a matter of how soon it’s implemented.

ICANN is focused on trying to obtain the domain registration data and cutting off Registerfly’s registrar accreditation. Beyond that and some people are possibly expecting too much from them.

Mike G, not sure what you’re referring to, but that sounds like the 45-day period where a registrar is “ideally” allowed to hold on to an expired domain name before having it deleted (except for extenuating circumstances like locking it due to bankruptcy). In theory, Registerfly will delete the expired domain name within up to 45 days after expiration, but that’s if they don’t do something to it first while it’s still in their database.

For those already deleted, ICANN requested the involved Registries to suspend their cycles until this is sorted out.

Ser.G 05.17.07 at 1:15 pm

I really don’t get it,

I understand someone who own a couple of domains and didn’t realize what was going on at RF, but when hearing people saying having dozens and perhaps hundreds of domains stuck at RF , hijacked, unable to move them out by now , I’m astonished!!

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ?

This saga unfolded for a year and took a high steem the last 3-4 months, so, if you had so many domains at RF, how the heck you didn’t Think to move them out FAST ?

A lot was said at forums about what was happening at RF and at list one website, REGISTERFLIES made a great effort to Warning RF customers.

I saw the warnings, and I took immediate action , so I managed to move out of RF all my remaining 50 domains just in time before unlock codes and data were wiped out.

However, I went also through rough times till this was accomplished.

I want to NOTE a few more things, critics and credits

ENOM took full advantage of RF victims including myself, ripping us off even further by charging 30 dollars renewal fees on domains that were already paid renewal fees to Registerfly.

I had to pay $120 to ENOM to rescue 4 domains kept hostage by them in complicity with REGISTERFLY

Perhaps ENOM may have reversed that policy now( after realizing the class lawsuits that will fall on them) but few months ago, they made sure to get as much cash as they could out of RF crisis.
ENOM helped RF to keep our domains hostages.

ICANN was well warned, notified, informed of Registerfly unlawful methods, long ago, since over a year at list and did nothing till recently. Tons of Complains were sent to ICANN .

Now ICANN is very active trying to solve the problem , GREAT , finally, ( perhaps to reduce liability) but, WHY not a year ago ?
As somebody said before, too little and too late!!!! people have lost millions!!

Finally, there is someone who I will really want to credit , these are the guys behind REGISTERFLIES.com website.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH Registerflies for your support and updates, you are the ones who have really helped save my domains and hundreds of others..

Mike Aldridge 05.17.07 at 1:22 pm

I’ve discovered all this only recently, when my site wouldn’t renew. Its now expired and was a PR5 so I don’t want to lose it. Can anyone advise on what I should do? Just wait and see or is there any way to prevent the site falling into opportunists hands?
I just put $25 in to registerfly to pay for renewals as well!

domain names 05.19.07 at 11:01 am

Keep after them about unlocking…and keep checking every few hours if the protectfly has been removed from your domain names…

enlarge 05.19.07 at 11:06 am

Mike..don’t add any money to registerfly. I just lost quite a bit ..they are issuing receipts for misc services instead of renewals. Just keep trying to get rest of your domains out of there..

Max 05.21.07 at 12:57 am

Mike: you or anyone else who pays funds into their Reisterfly.com account for renewal of domain names or for any other service/s that they offer can kiss your money goodbye.

Interestingly enough a very large and infuential web site Americanthinker.com was able to recover it’s domain name from Registerfly:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/04/recovering_our_web_address.html

I also take note that this blog has not been updated since May 16 the day after Kieran McCarthy stated above that he would have some news re the transfer of Registerfly names to another registrar:

*Comment by Kieren McCarthy
2007-05-14 14:34:18
Hi Diane,

I hope to be able to give a proper update tomorrow. Sorry I can’t do so today.

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN *

Any News would be appreciated please Kieran.

Karen 05.21.07 at 7:05 pm

It is interesting to read these comments. Thank you Kierin and Max. I now have a much better understanding of what is going on. While I have insight regarding my original question concerning jail time, I am now baffled as to why this situation with Registerfly has not received more media attention than the Business Week article. It seems that a scam this unprecedented and of this magnitude would be of concern and interest to many.

Max 06.04.07 at 7:36 am

All problems relating to the transfer of RF domain names appear to have been resolved .. GoDaddy.com are now in control of the Registerfly domain names … in my case i was able to renew all of the names that were due to expire with RF the transition process to Godaddy.com went smoothly … i hope that everybody else has the same good experience …

Congrats to Icann for whatever part (which i am sure was considerable) they have played in this successfull outcome …

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