Hello evolters, Recently, while reading the thread "Taking over a Web Site", I found quite interesting the discussion re: true ownership of a domain name. I'm seeking clarification for a friend of mine, but also to further my education in this realm as I have not really dealt with it before. My friend, about two years ago or so, wanted his own web site so he contacted Net Solutions and requested a domain name which reflected his own name ... for illustrative purposes ... www.patduffy.com (apologies to all the Pat Duffy's in the world). He completed the transaction and now had his domain name ... he started off with Net Sol using their provided hosting services, didn't like it because of the limited template approach to web design, and switched to EarthLink for his hosting services. Anyway, recently he got a "renewal" bill, so to speak (not sure what he received really), for x number of dollars and he decided he wanted to "renew" his domain name through a cheaper registrar. It is unclear to me what transpired, but he ended up renewing through Net Sol again ... still complaining about their fee and muttering he wasn't the owner. Well, based upon my reading of the above mentioned thread, I checked using Net Sol's whois and found him listed as both the REGISTRANT and Adminstrative Contact, while EarthLink is listed as the Technical Contact. Network Solutions, LLC is listed as the REGISTRAR. Sooooooo ... Am I correct in believing that he is, in fact, the owner of his domain name? And, if so, he could, in fact, take his domain name and transfer it to another registrar service and pay whatever is acceptable to him while retaining ownership? Or am I all wet here? Thanks in advance for any comments, suggestions, criticisms, etc.