Arafat dies. US forces continue their assault on militants in Fallujah. My wife's back is killing her yet again (being eight months pregnant I'll take her word for it) and oh yeah... it's chaos in the domain industry as ICANNs revamped Domain Name Transfer (DNT) policy is set to take effect November 12th.
So what's the big deal?
Well, if your sifting through the latest online reports regarding the controversial TDRP you'd think the internet was about to self implode.
Here are some of the headlines with attached articles:
1. Domain Transfers (and Hijackings) to Become Easier
2. Gaurd Your Domain Names!
3. Domain Transfer Rules are a Cyber Squatter Charter
According to Netcraft (which seem to be the catalyst for the above mentioned) in regards to the new transfer policy:
"Under new rules set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), domain transfer requests will be automatically approved in five days unless they are explicitly denied by the account owner. This is a change from current procedure, in which a domain's ownership and nameservers remain unchanged if there is no response to a transfer request.........This could mean trouble for domain owners who don't closely manage their records........Domains with incorrect e-mail addresses and outdated administrative contact information are at particular risk......A non-response becomes the equivalent of answering "yes" to a transfer request, according to the ICANN policy change." source: Netcraft.com
This domain author has already been inundated with registrar warnings from the likes of Godaddy and Registerfly regarding the issue. Quite strange really since I don't have a domain housed with Regfly.....hmmm? But, really nice of them none the less for the spammed heads up.
Same can't be said for Network Solution registrants. The registrar already took action by locking their account holders domains themselves as a prelude for the November 12th change. Bit of a twist on their part really. Remember, this is the same gatekeeper that would appear to have no problems unloading their warchest when the domains they house expire. Been to SnapNames lately?
But while some are crying foul, others within the wild west web landscape are saying the whole situation is being blown out of proportion.
A Circle ID publisher in response to Netcraft :
"...a closer look at the actual rules makes it clear that it is not as bad as the story makes it out to be. The registrars still have the right to deny transfers if the domain is in "lock" status (which is a free service from most registrars)"
source: Circle ID
So what's ICANN been doing as registrants "in the know" lock their domain treasures at fever pitch?
Mobilizing the troops of course.....
An excerpt from PRNewswire for November 10th.
"The National Arbitration Forum and
the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) have been approved as
independent dispute resolution providers for the Transfer Dispute Resolution
Policy (TDRP) as announced today by the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (ICANN). This policy is part of the Inter-Registrar
Transfer Policy, which will go into effect on November 12, 2004."
While opinions volley back and forth with the new policy change, it's quite apparent that "Domain Locking" is the one key factor that will avert any inconsistancy that the new DNT protocol can ensue. This very simple procedure takes seconds to induce and most registrars offer locking as a free service for account holders.
Always best to be on the safeside...this is ICANNs brainchild after all. God help us.