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[gnso-pednr-dt] New Measures Proposed to Enhance Post-Expiration and Renewal Related Policies and Practices

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  • Subject: [gnso-pednr-dt] New Measures Proposed to Enhance Post-Expiration and Renewal Related Policies and Practices
  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:57:12 -0700


New Measures Proposed to Enhance Post-Expiration and Renewal Related Policies 
and Practices

GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery Working Group Presents Final Report

14 June 2011

The GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Working Group has 
submitted its Final 
Report<http://gnso.icann.org/issues/pednr-final-report-14jun11-en.pdf> [PDF, 
998 KB] to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council today, 14 
June 2011. The PEDNR WG was tasked to address questions in relation to what 
extent registrants should be able to renew their domain names after they 
expire. Following review of the 
 received on its proposed Final Report, the Working Group now presents its 
Final Report, which contains 18 recommendations including the following:

 *   Provide a minimum of 8 days after expiration for renewal by registrant 
(Recommendation #2)
 *   An expired website must explicitly say that registration has expired and 
instructions on how to recover the registration (Recommendation #3)
 *   The registration agreement must include information on the fees charged 
for the post-expiration renewal of a domain name (Recommendation #5)
 *   Clear indication of methods used to deliver pre- and post-expiration 
notifications must be provided (Recommendation #6)
 *   At least two notices prior to expiration need to be sent at set times and 
one after expiration (Recommendation #7 & #8)
 *   Notifications must not solely be done by methods which require explicit 
action by the Registrant (Recommendation #9)
 *   All gTLDs and registrars must offer Redemption Grace Period (RGP), with 
the exception of sponsored gTLDs (Recommendation #13 & 14)
 *   The transfer of a domain name during the RGP should not be allowed (Rec#15)
 *   ICANN should develop educational materials on how to properly steward a 
domain name and prevent unintended loss (Recommendation #16)
 *   Best practice recommendations: Post-expiration notifications should be 
sent to some other contact point than to the email address associated with the 
expired registration (Recommendation #10), provide notice of where notification 
emails will be sent from (Recommendation #11), encourage registrants to provide 
a secondary email point of contact (Recommendation #12)

Further details and background on each of these and the other recommendations 
can be found in the PEDNR Final 
Report<http://gnso.icann.org/issues/pednr-final-report-14jun11-en.pdf> [PDF, 
998 KB]. The GNSO Council will now consider these recommendations for adoption.


At the ICANN Meeting in Cairo in November 2008, the At-Large Advisory Committee 
(ALAC), voted to request an Issues Report on the subject of registrants being 
able to recover domain names after their formal expiration date. The ALAC 
request was submitted to ICANN policy staff and the GNSO Council on 20 November 
2008. The Issues Report on Post-Expiration Domain Name 
 [PDF, 422 KB] was submitted to the GNSO Council on 5 December 2008. The GNSO 
Council initiated a PDP<http://gnso.icann.org/resolutions/#200905> on 7 May 
2009 and tasked a Working Group to answer the following charter questions:

 *   Whether adequate opportunity exists for registrants to redeem their 
expired domain names;
 *   Whether expiration-related provisions in typical registration agreements 
are clear and conspicuous enough;
 *   Whether adequate notice exists to alert registrants of upcoming 
 *   Whether additional measures need to be implemented to indicate that once a 
domain name enters the Auto-Renew Grace Period, it has expired (e.g., hold 
status, a notice on the site with a link to information on how to renew, or 
other options to be determined);
 *   Whether to allow the transfer of a domain name during the RGP.

The Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) PDP Working Group started its 
deliberations in July 2009.

Further Information:

 *   PEDNR Final 
Report<http://gnso.icann.org/issues/pednr-final-report-14jun11-en.pdf> [PDF, 
998 KB]
 *   PEDNR Public Comment Review 
 *   PEDNR PDP Proposed Final 
 [PDF, 972 KB]
 *   PEDNR PDP Initial 
[PDF, 1.02 MB]
 *   PEDNR WG workspace<https://st.icann.org/post-expiration-dn-recovery-wg/>

Staff responsible: Marika Konings

Glen de Saint Géry

GNSO Secretariat



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