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12|04|2008 10:46 am EDT

GoDaddy subsidiary warehouses expired domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

As unconvered by Domain Name Wire, Godaddy has joined the ranks of registrars that participate in the participate in Domain Warehousing practices. Domain Warehousing means the practise where a registrar keeps domains for themselves after the original registrant fails to renew the domain. Tucows, one of the registrars that is more open about following this practise, came under a public crossfire after Michael Berkens of The Domains reported about Tucows selling names which they had taken over when the original registrant failed to renew the domains. eNom, which has been following similar practices hiding the domain names from their portfolio behind whois privacy, has recently launched a sales site for those domains as well.

Apparently GoDaddy is going out of their way in order to hide the fact that they too, take over expired domains from registrants. They set up a company aptly named “Standard Tactics, LLC“, which takes over some domains that have not sold on GoDaddy‘s TDNAM site and continues to monetize them.

Read the full details over at Domain Name Wire.

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  • Phil J.

    register.com does the same thing but hides the names in various “house accounts”.

    They have a madiera corporation they put these in to try to protect against their blatant TM infringements. check the nameservers BNMQ.com if you want to see part of their portfolio

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  • http://www.movies-america.com/ Chris Nielsen

    I found one of their domains if you want to see the entire WHOIS record: http://whois.domaintools.com/qualityupholstery.us

    They are doing a 2yr old’s job at “Hidding” if that’s what it is. But it sounds like this is commonplace these days and not against the law. I only want some assurances that they are “paying” for each domain, and not just “tasting” over and over or some such scheme. If Godaddy doesn’t make some kind of statement about this my opinion of them will sink even lower than it is. They will still have a big job ahead of them to rank down there with NSI… :-)

  • http://i.m.fm/ Frank Michlick

    @Chris: I doubt that they delete the name in the grace period and re-register it, as domain-kiting like that has never been a large scale reality in any ways. You would be able to see that too, because every time this is done the creation date of the domain would change. Plus it isn’t really viable to do that, as registrars still pay for those domains, they just receive a refund when they delete them again.

  • Larry

    It looks more like a way to protect theirselves from TM violations during the delete period. If you look at the underlying code it’s a framed page that resolves to http://www.travelterry.com

  • http://www.rdetub.com xentech

    To be honest I don’t really see the problem in them doing this.

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