Violation Type:Domain Name Registrar Remit Violation

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Violation Type
DNSREMIT

Domain Name Registrar Remit Violation

Violation InstanceViolator
GoDaddy (Domain Name Registrar)/DNSREMITGoDaddy (Domain Name Registrar)
Google Domains/DNSREMITGoogle Domains
Namecheap (Domain Name Registrar)/DNSREMITNamecheap (Domain Name Registrar)
Network Solutions (Domain Name Registrar)/DNSREMITNetwork Solutions (Domain Name Registrar)


A domain name registrar exceeds its remit by excercising authority over the objects to which domain names registered with it may be dedicated, such as by threatening to suspend domain names based on how they are used.

This includes, but is not limited to, the institution of censorship as regards content served by services made available by means of a given domain name. Suppose a certain domain name pointed to a website which publishes certain opinions, and the registrar for that domain name finds these opinions disagreeable, and threatens to suspend the domain name registration. This is not only an act of attempted censorship at the level of the domain name registration system, but also a violation of DNSREMIT, insofar that the objects to which a domain name is put is not the business of a registrar.

All acts of censorship or attempted censorship instituted by a domain name registrar necessarily constitute DNSREMIT, but not all DNSREMIT violations are necessarily attempts at censorship. Such attempts demonstrate a far more general, and more concerning trend, in that they demonstrate a lack of appreciation of the appropriate demarcation of a domain name registrar's remit. This opens the door for a widespread phenomenon of registrars adjudicating arbitrarily over any aspect of a domain name or the objects to which it is used, or even merely a component thereof, such as a subdomain, which may not even be controlled by the same entity or which may be suballocated on a public basis (e.g. "no-ip.org", "uk.com", "eu.org"). The precedent of ultimate-object-motivated suspensions, or suspensions based on only one object of many to which a domain is purposed, creates the threat of immense collateral damage and has the potential to pose an infrastructural threat to the internet.

The Microsoft/no-ip.org incident, though it was not a registrar-caused incident and thus not DNSREMIT, provides a potent example of this and the potential consequences of interfering with the domain name registration system for political ends.