How to buy a domain name forever?

Started by brknny, Apr 01, 2023, 02:55 AM

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I would like to provide you with a thorough overview of the topic at hand. It is unclear which field this issue is most closely related to - whether it falls within the legal sphere, industrial sector (branding, image, and recognition), or the realm of information technology. Furthermore, it should be noted that this matter is of an international nature and has limited relevance to Russia and its legislation.

The primary objective for companies is to ensure that their names are easily searchable and recognizable. However, there will always be individuals who use these names for other purposes without much consideration. In this case, we are specifically referring to the domain name chosen by an individual, as opposed to the services they offer (which, to my knowledge, are not clearly outlined on the website) and are not directly affiliated with any brand or specific services. It could be possible that the individual simply stumbled upon an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-remember domain name.

Regarding ownership of domains, it appears that renting rather than buying them is the norm, with lease terms typically lasting up to 10 years. If the first decade expires, it seems the lease can be extended for another 10 years. While I understand that these domains are indeed owned by someone, it's important to note that most hosting providers act as intermediaries and lack the authority to resolve disputes or withdraw brand-related domain names from ordinary individuals.

Therefore, hypothetically speaking, if a domain such as Google were to fail to renew in a timely manner, one could potentially rent it for their own hosting, effectively depriving the company of the rights to the brand name associated with the domain. Although I am not the owner of Google, as a domain renter, I would have the freedom to do as I please with the domain throughout the lease term. This matter was brought up with someone who claimed that the company would be powerless against such actions, as the domain had been rented, making them impervious to legal action or threats.

In my opinion, this issue will likely persist until a significant scandal arises, prompting domain owners to address and potentially revise the current system. It is possible that domains could be purchased rather than rented, leading to the reclamation of borrowed domain names by other entities, which were initially obtained for amusement purposes.

If you possess knowledge and expertise in the area of contacting domain owners, as well as any information regarding the purchase and sale of domains, I kindly request that you reach out via private message or respond directly on this page.

Thank you for your attention.


In reality, the concept of purchasing a domain does not exist; instead, one can lease a domain for a specific period and become its "owner" during that time. Acquiring a domain indefinitely is not possible, unless one establishes their own new domain zone, which requires significant financial resources and technical capabilities that are beyond the reach of most individuals.

For regular users, the only accessible information includes the contact details of the temporary domain owner (if they are made public) and the contact information of the domain zone owners. However, it should be noted that the domain zone owners hold no liability and will not disclose any information without a court order.

It is important to consider that the domain system operates within legal frameworks, and the involvement of courts may be necessary to resolve disputes, ensure accountability, and obtain relevant information pertaining to domain ownership.


There exists a global organization called ICANN, which oversees and sells the right to create top-level domains. These domains are then managed by technical registrars who have obtained the rights from ICANN and established regulations within their respective zones, allowing them to sell the rights to register names within those zones. One key registrar is designated within each zone and has the authority to determine the rules for registering domains in that zone.

Additionally, there are other registrars who have purchased the rights to register names within specific zones. These registrars can conduct their business by selling the ability to modify domain settings for registered domains. The payment regulations and fees for these services are determined by the registrars themselves, allowing them to set their own terms, whether it involves monetary transactions or offering services for free.

On the user's end, they purchase the right to modify domain settings, which is commonly referred to as "buying a domain," through a separate agreement with the registrar. The registrar then facilitates these changes in accordance with their agreement with the technical registrar responsible for the respective zone. It is possible for multiple registrars to receive registration requests for the same name from their users simultaneously, with the first registrar to process the request being the one to secure the name.

Ultimately, the technical registrar manages and oversees the operation of the zone and is accountable to ICANN for its proper functioning. The owners and key entities involved have already established agreements and protocols to ensure the smooth operation of the domain registration process.

It is worth mentioning that the domain system operates within a complex framework of agreements and regulations, which allows for the efficient management and allocation of domain names in a fair and organized manner.