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ICANN Implements Expired Registration Recovery Policy

March 1, 2013

The  Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced implementation of the Expired Registration Recovery Policy ("ERRP").

The new ERRP includes the following major initiatives:

  1. Registrars will be required to notify registered name holders of the expiration of their registrations at least two times: approximately one month and one week prior to the expiration date.
  2. All gTLD registries must offer a Redemption Grace Period of 30 days immediately following deletion, during which the registrant will be able to revive the registration.
  3. Registrars must make renewal fees available at the time of registration of a domain name, so registrants may understand the total fee structure and not merely special promotions.
  4. Resolution of the domain name must be interrupted for a period of time after expiration, but before deletion, to help make the registrant aware of the expiration of its domain name registration; and registrar parking pages must include or point to renewal instructions.

Registrars must comply with the Expired Registration Recovery Policy no later than August 31, 2013.

A link to the ERRP can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/consensus-policies/errp

 

For more information about domain names and intellectual property, please contact:

Matthew C. Wagner

 Chair of the Intellectual Property Department

mwagner@dmoc.com

203-358-0800