What happens with your domain if your domain name registrar runs bankrupt?

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Let's say you have registered all your domains with a small domain registrar and one day he is suddendly bankrupt and just vanishes so you can't contact him.
What happens with your domains and how can you get them back to another registrar?

another (maybe silly) question: what prevents the registrar to "steal" your domain with a high PR? He could just say that you did not extend after the domain expired (although you did but he locked you in the system or just rejected your credit card)
#bankrupt #domain #registrar #runs
  • Profile picture of the author sim22
    That's a great question that is. Something that never even occured to me. Imagine if Google's registrar went bankrupt? No more Google!
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  • Profile picture of the author DPWeb
    Usually that domain registrar answers to another domain registrar higher in the chain. If you can find out where they were buying domains, you are more likely to be able to get into your account.

    The thing that prevents domain registrars from stealing your high PR domain is the huge amount of bad publicity that would surround it. If you can prove that you paid for the domain (a screen shot or video of your Paypal account or credit statement, or the completion screen) than I don't think they could get away with it.

    Not everyone online is out to get you. There are plenty of ethical marketers and businesses out there. Its a shame the bad apples ruin the images of online business credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    These are very unique questions
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  • Profile picture of the author notrichyet
    That is a good question......I would try what someone else suggested and see if you can find out who they purchased the domains from....It's worth a shot....
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Thayer
    If a registrar goes out of business, it's likely that ICANN will step in and resolve the issue. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the governing authority for many registrars. When you register a domain, there is usually a few cents that go towards ICANN fees.

    While their Web site (ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) doesn't specifically address the issue of a registrar going out of business, they do talk about what would happen if a registrar was to lose its ICANN accreditation. In that case, they said they would transfer domains to another registrar without cost. You don't get to pick the registrar, but after a period of time (usually 60 days) you can just transfer the domain to your new registrar of choice.

    For a big list of ICANN accredited registrars, see this page:
    ICANN | ICANN-Accredited Registrars
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