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Can Your Registrar Cut You Off?

With the big todo about GoDaddy’s cancellation of it’s customer (who now has his own campaign: NoDaddy.com), I decided to look into some other registrars, including my own, to see if they could pull the plug as easily as GoDaddy did. You’ll actually be surprised, only a couple of registrars have Terms of Service that set some pretty strong requirements against cancellation:

Dotster:

16.2 Domain suspension, cancellation or transfer. You acknowledge and agree that your domain registration is subject to suspension, cancellation or transfer (cancellation or transfer collectively referred to as, “Cancellation”) (a) to correct mistakes by Dotster, Inc., another registrar, or a Registry Administrator in administering the name or (b) for the resolution of disputes concerning the domain pursuant to an ICANN policy or procedure. You also agree that Dotster, Inc. shall have the right in its sole discretion to suspend, cancel, transfer or otherwise modify a domain registration upon up to seven (7) calendar days prior notice and after such time as Dotster, Inc. receives a properly authenticated order from a court of competent jurisdiction, or arbitration award, requiring the suspension, cancellation, transfer or modification of the domain registration.

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eNom

NOT INCLUDED IN THE SERVICES: Without limitation, the following are not included in the Services: We cannot and do not check to see whether the domain name(s) you select, or the use you make of the domain name(s), or other of the Service(s), infringes legal rights of others. It is your responsibility to know whether or not the domain name(s) you select or use infringes legal rights of others. We might be ordered by a court to cancel, modify, or transfer your domain name; it is your responsibility to list accurate contact information in association with your account and to communicate with litigants, potential litigants, and governmental authorities. It is not our responsibility to forward court orders or other communications to you. We will comply with court orders unless you contact us to contest the order.

Register.com

You acknowledge and agree that Register.com may suspend, cancel, transfer or modify your use of the Services at any time, for any reason, in Register.com’s sole discretion and without notice to you.

Network Solutions

10. Limitation of Liability. In addition to the other limitations of liability contained herein, you agree that Network Solutions shall have no liability of any kind for any loss or liability resulting from the processing of registration request(s) by .TW Registry including, without limitation, your ability or inability to obtain a particular domain name. Network Solutions assumes no liability for any registration request or a domain name’s rejection, suspension, cancellation, deletion, interruption or transfer due to the procedures, rules or policies of .TW Registry, TWNIC, or due to practices, customs or prejudices of courts of law or dispute resolving arbitrators. We are not liable for any claims, damages or injuries arising out of the termination of services that are provided by .TW Registry for any reason, including but not limited to the termination of .TW Registry’s registration authority, or its bankruptcy.

AT&T Yahoo!

5.3 Termination by AT&T Yahoo!
AT&T Yahoo! may terminate these Terms at any time upon notice to You. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, AT&T Yahoo! may also, but has no duty to, immediately suspend or terminate Your Service, terminate Your access and password, remove Your Service from AT&T Yahoo! servers, or remove any Content within the Service, if AT&T Yahoo! concludes, in its sole discretion, that You (a) have breached, violated, or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms, including any applicable AT&T Yahoo! Policy or any applicable law or regulation; (b) have provided false information as part of your Account Information; (c) are engaged in fraudulent or illegal activities or the sale of illegal or harmful goods or services; or (d) are engaged in activities or sales that may damage the rights or reputation of AT&T Yahoo! or others (each “Termination for Cause”). Any Termination for Cause by AT&T Yahoo! will take effect immediately, and You expressly agree that You will not have any opportunity to cure. If Your AT&T Yahoo! ID is terminated for any reason, these Terms and Your access to the Service will also be terminated. Additionally, if You registered a new domain name in conjunction with Your Service, and AT&T Yahoo! terminates Your Service due to a Termination for Cause, then AT&T Yahoo! reserves the right to request the domain name provider to remove the domain name from the domain name registry and/or transfer the domain name from You to AT&T Yahoo! You acknowledge that where AT&T Yahoo! transfers such domain name to AT&T Yahoo! under this Section 5.3, AT&T Yahoo! will hold all rights of the registered domain name holder in respect of that domain name, including the right to sell the domain name to a third party (where this was a right held by You as the original registrant in respect of the relevant domain name).

MyDomain.com

6.5 We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to suspend or terminate your access to our Website and the related Services or any portion thereof, at any time, without notice. We will terminate for any breach of our terms of service or for any activity that constitutes an unlawful or prohibited use as described herein.

GoDaddy.com

If You have purchased Services, Go Daddy has no obligation to monitor Your use of the Services. Go Daddy reserves the right to review Your use of the Services and to cancel the Services in its sole discretion. Go Daddy reserves the right to terminate Your access to the Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

I am no attorney, so I’m not advising anyone on who they should or should not register their domains with. I’m fairly sure that the legalize I found in green is good and the yellow is bad. Terms of service that state that they can drop your service without any notice, with little notice… or they may even keep your domain name scare the heck out of me!!!

NOTE: In reviewing Google’s domain terms, it appears that they use GoDaddy or eNom… but I can’t tell which or how. Full Disclosure: I created the NoDaddy logo. I have affiliate marketing with Commission Junction and am authorized to post affiliate marketing for both Dotster and GoDaddy. In fact, you’ll probably see one of GoDaddy’s ads on this page! I didn’t get to select it.

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