Domainer objects to Epik’s acquisition over Masterbucks collapse

A Los Angeles film production company and its domainer CEO have objected to Epik’s request to transfer its ICANN accreditation from the discredited former registrar Epik Inc to mystery new registrar Epik LLC.

Todd Ryan, CEO of American Business Capital Corporation and a domain investor, has written to ICANN to say that the transfer should be blocked until “all outstanding debts” are paid.

He’s particularly concerned with customers that may have been left out of pocket by Masterbucks, the payments service that has been described as a PayPal clone or simply a jumped-up Epik store credit system.

“The financial losses incurred by customers who utilized Masterbucks, a payment method provided by Epik registrar, are a matter of significant importance,” Ryan wrote.

“It is crucial that ICANN, as the governing body responsible for overseeing the domain registration industry, takes decisive action to ensure that all debts owed to these affected customers are satisfactorily resolved prior to any transfer of registrar accreditation,” he wrote.

Masterbucks was at the center of the old Epik’s financial mismanagement woes, with domainers beginning to complain that they couldn’t withdraw their funds almost a year ago.

Ryan says he’s a member of ICANN’s Business Constituency but does not say in his letter whether he’s owed money.

It’s not clear who currently owns the Masterbucks liabilities. The service was not believed to be part of the deal that saw the Epik registrar acquired from the Inc to the LLC last month.

ICANN’s head of compliance has written that it could take months for the Epik accreditation transfer to be approved (or otherwise).

Ryan also demands that ICANN disclose the identity of Epik LLC’s owners, which is still a bit of a mystery.

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