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I have a site that I hosed on a shared hosting plan where the domain was sold along with the site.

Long-story-short. The website registration has lapsed and the plan was canceled and now the hosting compant wants me to pay $250 to purchase my domain name back. Is there anything I can do about it or do I have to pay whatever they ask?

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You need to read the licensing agreement that you agreed to when you registered you domain with them. If what they are doing is in the section about what happens if your domain lapses and you want it back then you are probably going to have to pay the money.

Otherwise you have a chance at fighting them but I wouldn't. That fee is set in a sweet spot where they are going to make money off of you but it isn't to your advantage to call a lawyer. As the lawyer will cost your much more than that fee.

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I guess it's important to read the fine print. I had this happen on a site design I inherited where InterNIC took the .com address hostage because the original webmaster didn't bother to renew the registration in time ::sigh::. We ended up switching to .net (because the site hadn't really been fully established yet) and waited 5 years for InterNIC to give up on it before buying it back. –  Evan Plaice Jul 9 '10 at 9:21
    
I've read about similar horror stories along the same lines about GoDaddy and NetworkSolutions. –  Evan Plaice Jul 9 '10 at 9:23
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