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I was surprised by this week's episode about problem domains. If the record (which probably nobody does right) was set up correctly, this shouldn't be an issue. Should the person or company managing your domain be no longer available, the owner of the domain should still be able to interact with the domain reseller. All the ones I have used have owner, admin, billing, and tech contacts for each domain (ICANN requirement?).

Even if payment lapses, you usually get about a month afterward to renew it. It is not difficult to imagine that you can lose your domain but really shouldn't happen. Maybe people should insist on being listed as the owner and billing(?) contacts.


You even get a yearly request to verify the information

 
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All the ones I have used have owner, admin, billing, and tech contacts for each domain (ICANN requirement?).
As that data is not private, many resellers use a third party service to hide the information, which means all the registrations are to the 3rd party. (Aka DNS privacy.) But in any case, since the information is public, what is to stop anyone from impersonating you?? I doubt that any serious service is going to take your word that the domain is really yours.
 
I was surprised by this week's episode about problem domains. If the record (which probably nobody does right) was set up correctly, this shouldn't be an issue. Should the person or company managing your domain be no longer available, the owner of the domain should still be able to interact with the domain reseller. All the ones I have used have owner, admin, billing, and tech contacts for each domain (ICANN requirement?).

Even if payment lapses, you usually get about a month afterward to renew it. It is not difficult to imagine that you can lose your domain but really shouldn't happen. Maybe people should insist on being listed as the owner and billing(?) contacts.


You even get a yearly request to verify the information

I think you nailed the issue. If website guy sets up his Hover account and then adds domains to it, they'll inherit the default owner, admin and tech contacts (i.e. him) unless he specifies otherwise--and many of them probably don't bother.