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Re: more from gandi.net on domain ownership

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 19:16:05 +0000
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5biqopbocq.fsf@hildegard.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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Dan Connolly writes:

> "we've put together a list of a few things to watch out for in the
> tricky domain market ...
>
> 5. Domain ownership - Not the owner of your domain, some companies buy
> it on your behalf and then rent it to you."
> http://iwi.gandibar.net/post/2008/10/22/Why-domain-name-services-are-not-all-equal
>
> They cite a CNET article from 2000 about the issue.

That article is based largely on information described as drawn from a
site which is gone [1].  I would be very pleased to hear from an
authoritative current source on the legal basis for any claim that
gandi has the legal/contractual right to dispense ownership of domain
names.  My informal understanding is that domains are only leased
(from IANA to registrars, and from registrars to (legal) persons).

ht

[1] http://www.domainnamebuyersguide.com/
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