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Own any .AG domain names? Beware

Domain investor says company is taking back single letter .ag domain after seven years.

Yesterday I wrote about a problem with the .CD (Democratic Republic of Congo) registry. Now comes a warning about .AG (Antigua and Barbuda).

The domain investor that goes by the name kriss05 on NamePros explains that the .ag registry is taking back a single letter .ag domain name he registered in 2010,

He tried to renew the domain name but it didn’t work. He subsequently reached out to his registrar and then the .ag registry to figure out what was happening. After he says he opened 45 tickets with the registry, the registry finally reached out to the registrar with an explanation. Here is the response:

“The problem stems from two violations of our policies, which have been in existence for much more than 10 years. Unfortunately, there was an error that caused some of these names to be made available technically, but the registration was still invalid. We caught it too late to delete it in the Add Grace period of 5 days after registration, and so we decided then to allow persons to go ahead and develop legitimate websites for their personal businesses. Even so, we monitored these closely to ensure that the names were not sold or were registered simply for speculation and not in good faith.

Now, we see that this domain name, which you do not “own”, has NOT been developed for a legitimate business, and is instead listed on SEDO as for sale. We cannot continue to allow these violations to continue, and so we will not allowed further renewals of this and other domains like this that continue to violate of stated policies and rules. The domain name will be allowed to expire its current term and will no longer be allowed to be re-registered and will return to the pool of names that are blocked and/or restricted by the Registry.”

Wow. So the registry previously noticed the domain was registered even though it was supposed to be reserved. Apparently, it noticed this and did nothing about it until 7 years later?

The registrant has some more thoughts here.

Invest in .ag domains at your own risk.

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