CIRA denies Registrar's re-certification - Domain Slamming to blame

by Rob Lewis

According to Frank Michlick of the Domain Names News, the Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) has denied Brandon Gray Internet Services Inc. the re-certification as a .CA registrar.

If you own a domain name, you've likely received a very official looking domain renewal/transfer notice (see right) in the mail from Domain Registry of Canada (DROC). They're a reseller of Brandon Gray Internet Services and this tactic is called domain slamming. It is a serious problem for CIRA.

The registrar also counts the “Domain Registry of Canada” (DROC) amongst its resellers, which is mostly known for sending official looking renewal reminders/transfer offers to domain registrants. The company also operates the ICANN Accredited registrar NameJuice.

According to the companies, they reassured that DROC is a reseller of Brandon Gray Internet Services, simply sharing a postal address in Markham, phone system and extension lists. The registrar is said to have 25 resellers in total.

Now Brandon Gray is suing CIRA for $10 Million in damages for the termination of their accreditation. They also say that CIRA has not provided a reason for the denial of the re-certification.

CIRA has also declined comment on the case while it is before the court, an affidavit filed in court shows that CIRA will defend itself in part by attempting to show Brandon Gray has a “bad reputation in the Internet community” and “have engaged in activities which are inappropriate for any business and highly unethical.”

Have you received a renewal notice from DROC?

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a not for profit Canadian corporation that is responsible for operating the dot-ca Internet country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) as a key public resource for all Canadians in an innovative, open, and efficient manner. CIRA may carry out other Internet related activities for the Canadian community in a similar manner. more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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