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01|11|2013 02:54 pm EDT

Why did publication.com not drop today?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

The name publication.com was scheduled to be deleted today and had a large number of interest with the various backorder platforms – for example over 170 bidders at Namejet and pre-bids over $3,000. The drop just completed, yet the name was not deleted.

[Update]: The deletion was apparently prevented with a court order against VeriSign (VRSN).

Here is the whois as it was displayed earlier today:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: pendingDelete
Updated Date: 05-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2012

However when we checked the domain name during the early drop, it had been redeemed – something that I didn’t think was possible when a domain is in “pending-delete” status.

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2013

If you check the domain name now, it has been renewed by another five years. Judging from our records, the update happened after 2pm EST, while the drop was running already:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2018

DNN has reached out to VeriSign for comment.

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13 Comments

Dave

January 11, 2013 @ 3:33 pm EDT

I had this domain on backorder today and noticed this too. Crazy stuff. I wonder if anyone will disclose what really happened here.

Jay

January 11, 2013 @ 3:54 pm EDT

For sure something illegal happened. Based on most recent ICANN Registry policy “Registered Name will be placed in PENDINGDELETE status if it has not been restored during the RGP. Registered Name cannot be recovered or transferred by anyone at this point. Registered Name is deleted from the registry database a specified number of calendar days after it is placed in PENDINGDELETE status. The current length of this Pending Delete Period is five (5) calendar days. Once the .name Registered Name has been deleted from the registry database, it becomes available for registration by a new registrant.”

John Nigro

January 11, 2013 @ 3:55 pm EDT

it would not be possible to “redeem” a pending delete unless someone at verisign intervened in a manner against the “rules”

Jay

January 11, 2013 @ 3:56 pm EDT

Above policy applies for .com/.net/.name domain names

Mike

January 11, 2013 @ 4:37 pm EDT

the evidence here definitely points to something suspicious going on. I hope there’s an update to this, I would love to know what happened.

Jp

January 11, 2013 @ 4:42 pm EDT

Most likelt somebody somewhere down the chain fucked up. Probably registrant let it get to rgp, emailed or took the action to request to save it and registrar dropped the ball so had to be saved. Probably required a lot of begging, probably against policy.

www.buxup.co.uk

January 11, 2013 @ 7:15 pm EDT

check this out: http://www.wannadevelop.com/blog/buying-domains-aftermarket/ you might find some answers to what happened to publication.com

DNNreader

January 11, 2013 @ 10:40 pm EDT

There were many of us eager to bid on this one.. clearly something not legal has happened here, unless it was redeemed in some way by the original owner. If it was not redeemed by the original owner than this appears to be your classic case of greed and someone is breaking the icann rules / possibly the law at the same time to benefit. Just watch it and follow the money. Surely it will get parked somewhere, surely someone will be offering it for sale. Follow the money, clearly the way in which ownership was acquired here does not seem legit.

AbdulBasit Makrani

January 12, 2013 @ 12:04 am EDT

This is really interesting and frustrating. Waiting for the update from Verisign.

James D. Hiller

January 12, 2013 @ 7:50 am EDT

A conviction and jail time might be in order.

Robert Fernandez

January 12, 2013 @ 10:17 am EDT

What’s is the big deal?

when it comes to expiring domains much worse are the Qua$i-mafia$ shenanigans of:

NetSol/Namejet
Enom/Namejet
Moniker/Snapnames/Oversee etc etc
Tasting and profiting for expired domains is alive and kicking…

Who really owns an expired/expiring domain?

Minh

March 23, 2013 @ 12:22 am EDT

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