So you register a .eu domain OR you want to register a .eu domain that someone else already has….
Should be relatively simple to see when the domain in question is up for renewal, shouldn’t it?
Well you would think so, but you’d be wrong.
Let’s take this domain as an example:
Registered: Mon Apr 24 2006
So we know we registered it.
That’s a start.
But when is it due for renewal?
Was it registered for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years?
There’s no easy way to find out, unless you are the registrant and actually know that you only registered it for a year.
Of course you’d have to wonder why the registry isn’t putting the data into the whois output.
It’s not exactly a privacy issue.
.ie, for example, gives the following info:blacknight@sicilia:~$ whois isquattedyour.ie
% Rights restricted by copyright; http://www.domainregistry.ie/copyright.html
% Do not remove this notice
descr: Michele Neylon
descr: Natural Person
descr: Discretionary Name
person: Michele Neylon
person: Blacknight.ie Hostmaster
You can clearly see the renewal date.
It’s unfortunate that the registration date isn’t visible, but that’s not a big issue.
Other European ccTLDs don’t have an issue with making that information available:
Registered on: 28-Feb-2007
Renewal date: 28-Feb-2009
Registered until renewal date.
(slightly cutdown due to its verbosity – I also needed to edit a bit of it !)
So what’s going on with EUrid?