Located in Domain Registrar Reviews, started by Amar D, Jun 3, 2020
Namesilo took users domain and redirected it to some founding platform.
I will need to transfer out my domain Amar.us from them as I don’t want that someones opinion takes control of my domain because of content lol.
Relax, research the backstory on the domain. Also, nobody wants a .us
Was that your domain?
And donating 10k! Nice! With the small margins they make with very cheap registrations and renewals, that's equivalent to selling a TON of .com's.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, OP. Happy ending to a terrible scam.
It seems like it would be pretty messed up for them to do nothing here. The domain was actively being used for scamming, surely that's against their terms of service? I'm not someone who gets triggered when a registry has some sense of basic morality and decency. It's not a slippery slope. If they start seizing domains for no reason, let's talk.
Thanks for offering some context @NameDeck, it's amazing what a little bit of information and context can do to quell unnecessary reactionary outrage.
Do you know the previous owner(s)?
Do you know the original content prior to being redirected to the gofundme page?
They were using her name to raise money for a different cause (think they are scammers)
A charity organization that supports the police department in Kentucky’s capital city says it wasn’t involved in the creation of a fundraising website under the name of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by law enforcement in her home. News outlets report a website with the address BreonnaTaylor.com recently emerged online and directed visitors to “support good police” by sending donations for emergency responders and healthcare workers to the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, among other groups.
i didnt think Registers could do this only ICANN could?
Most registrars have in their TOS they can take a domain name back
SERVICES PROVIDED AT WILL; TERMINATION OR SUSPENSION OF SERVICES:
We may reject your domain name registration application or elect to discontinue providing Services to you for any reason within 30 days of a Service initiation or a Service renewal. Outside of this period, we may terminate or suspend the Services at any time for cause, which, without limitation, includes (i) registration of prohibited domain name(s), (ii) abuse of the Services, (iii) payment irregularities, (iv) illegal conduct, (v) failure to keep your Account or WHOIS information accurate and up to date, (vi) failure to respond to inquiries from us for over three (3) calendar days, (vii) if your use of the Services involves us in a violation of any third party's rights or acceptable use policies, including but not limited to the transmission of unsolicited email, the violation of any copyright, or the distribution of any form of malware (defined to include, without limitation, malicious code or software that might affect the operation of the Internet), (viii) to comply with any applicable court orders, laws, government rules or requirements, requests of law enforcement or other governmental agency or organization, or any dispute resolution process, (ix) to avoid any liability, civil or criminal, on the part of us, as, well as its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, and employees, (x) to protect the integrity, security and stability of the Domain Name system (DNS), or (xi) failure to respond to inquiries from us regarding payment inquiries for over 24 hours.
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Domains and web sites designed to harm or use unethically minors in any way
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Domains and web sites involved in unauthorized repetitive, high volume inquires into any of the services provided by us or a third-party
Domains and web sites involved in copyright and/or trademark infringement
Domains transferred illegally from a different registrar without the previous Registrant's knowledge
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ICANN actually can't.
ICANN does not have the ability or authority to transfer or return a domain name to anyone. ICANN 's authority is purely contractual and is limited to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement ( RAA ), the Registry Agreements ( RA ), and ICANN 's Consensus Policies.
About Lost Domain Names - ICANN
And that is why it is called icann(ot)
So CloudFlare registrar should take away domain BestGore.com from the owner because of the content?
Each registrar can use their TOS when they see fit, I would imagine. Some are saying that the name here was being used in a way that was not on the up and up allegedly. I don't know if that's true or not, but several publications reported on that.
Content problems were problems of hosting provider. DMCA, scam, pharmacy, minor porn, suicide streamings....
But yeah guys, read TOS of registrar before you do something :D New times came lol.
What they were doing is against Namesilo terms.
Cloudfare have such terms as well
"Additionally, we may at our sole discretion terminate your user account or suspend or terminate your access to the Service at any time, with or without notice for any reason or no reason at all."
Key is 'our sole discretion'. It is up to them if they want to or not to take action against that site.
Given same violation, registrars can decide best decision for them per their terms, so decisions can differ.
I am glad namesilo did the right thing IMO.
If it is purely content, why worry, they can register another domain, not exploiting name of another person dead or alive, not exploiting ongoing crisis, not scamming. Better yet use their own names or names of their family members.
I have no idea why cloudflare allows that website, the Canadian government arrested the owner.
@equity78 the owner is free and he still runs the show :D
@Kristaps @ NameSilo
Oh I know it's crazy.
Plus for those who don't like the way Namesilo did that,
Namesilo had another option, every registrar states
You agree that (INSERT REGISTRAR), in its sole discretion and without liability to you, may refuse to accept the registration of any domain name. INSERT REGISTRAR also may in its sole discretion and without liability to you delete the registration of any domain name during the first thirty (30) days after registration has taken place.
So they could delete it for any reason, then register it for the Taylor family. Domain was less than 30 days old.
Thank you to all the community members who took time to research the facts of the situation prior to reaching any conclusions.
To summarize - we received numerous reports about the domain name breonnataylor.com. Following an investigation, we found it was indeed inciting violence and unlawful behavior against the police department that had nothing to do with the domain, so we decided to take it down per our T&Cs. In an already tense situation, leaving up the domain name would have been irresponsible and only serve to create further anger and pain.
To help ease some of the damage done, we decided to instead forward the domain name to support the GoFundMe of Breonna Taylor's family, along with a 10k donation. We are currently trying to get in touch with Breonna's family and offer them access to the domain name. Otherwise, we will deactivate the domain again once the GoFundMe campaign is completed.
We hope you will stand with us in supporting Breonna Taylor's family and the Black community dealing with these injustices.
But aren't you from Europe? .us is for US citizens and residents only, if you're not one, it can be taken away from you anyway.
Separate names with a comma.