I just got this from one of my registrars:
The new ICANN Transfer-Policy will go into effect. This new policy for all generic TLDs (com/net/org/biz/info/name) will be binding for all registrars as of November 12th, 2004.
The new transfer policy brings a few advantages and some disadvantages in the handling of transfers.
We have summarized the most important changes for you:
a.) Transfer of generic Domains may only be denied explicitly by the
Domain-Owner or Admin-C (according to WHOIS)
b.) In the event, that the Owner does not deny an initiated transfer, then
the transfer will receive an “ACK” (Acknowledge) from the registry after
c.) Even if a transfer is initiated with an authorisation code
(e.g. biz/info), then the Domain-Owner/Admin will still have the
possibility of denying this transfer through his registrar.
Advantages of the new Transfer Policy:
– The whole transfer procedure can be processed more quickly
– Domain transfers cannot get denied due to wrong email-addresses
in the WHOIS
– More transparency for the Domain-Owner with respect to his transfers
A few disadvantages are as follows:
– It will no longer be possible to auto-deny an outgoing transfer
– Should you register domains (as account holder) for customers and these
are entered as Owner/Admin in the WHOIS, then these transfers can get
processed without any further notice from yourself (the Owner can approve