I have a domain 'held hostage' by itsyourdomain.com. It was originally registered several years ago by our web host, but we have recently renewed it.
Itsyourdomain denied transfer, because it hasn't been 60 days since the renewal. They've already denied the transfer twice before without giving any reasons at all. I'm getting the usual pain-in-the-*** responses from them (or lack thereof), and I'm down to the last of my niceties.
I can't seem to find any documentation from ICANN stating that renewals must be 60 days old for a registrant to allow a transfer. Is this true? I thought this only applied to new registrations.
It is absolutely an industry standard. 4Hosted provided inaccurate information.
Anytime you transfer your domain name, renew it or register it, there is an automatic 60 day registrar lock on the domain to keep it from being transferred around all over the place. This is done for a few reasons:
Helps prevents domain theft.
Helps prevent another registrar from stealing your domain (Don't even waste your time with NetWork Solutions, I have so many unkind choice words for those idiots that I'd be perma-banned from here).
Helps prevent someone from transferring domains immediately to take advantage of registrar specials for renewals/transfers.