ICANN cancels the five-day grace period for domain testing
February 06, 2008
ICANN* voted to cancel domain testing by including fees for all
new added domains. This decision was taken with a vote of 13-0.
Domain testing has been debated for several years. It was an issue of
great scale that was finally sorted out.
Domain testing is a term for testing the profitability of a domain
within a five-day grace period. During the Add Grace Period (AGP) the
registrars can delete a domain at no cost. The cybersquatters
skilfully used this option turning domain testing into business. In
this grace time frame a registrant could register millions of
temporary domains, place advertising links on them and thus generate
millions of dollars income.
Another widespread abuse with AGP is the practice of “domain
kiting”, which involves deleting a domain name during the five-day
grace period and immediately registering it for another five-day
period. In that case the cybersquatters avoid paying for the use of a
No doubt terminating these bad practices will boost the quality of
websites, especially when it comes to sites only created to generate
*ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers, a California
that was created in order to oversee a number of Internet-related
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