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Username: onmove
Date/Time: Mon, November 5, 2001 at 3:12 PM GMT
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Subject: A case for refund of pre-registration fees.


      Apart from the ethical considerations, there are technical grounds for refund of landrush pre-registration fees for those names which were taken up in the sunrise period.  Pre-registration fees were charged for submitting names to Afilias.  This was the basic promise.  But, as we know registrars never submitted those names in landrush period which were taken up in the sunrise period.  When the basic promise was not fulfilled there is no moral or legal grounds for charging the fee.  DomainBank has refunded such charges and they should be appreciated for their effort.  But, other registrars like, and continue to hold on to money they charged without providing promised service.  ICANN and Afilias have some responsibility in this matter.  They are accredited registrars.  People pay little more to deal with accredited registrars because they feel they have recourse if something goes wrong.(I don't mean those who are not accredited should not refund)  Otherwise, what is the sanctity of accredition?, and must refund the landrush pre-registrations charges for the names which were taken up in sunrise period.  They had use of funds for such a long time.  That is enough. 


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