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How are domain names released?

Updated 8 May, 2020

A domain name is released not earlier than 4:00 a.m. UTC on the same date as the release date. The release will occur after a domain name has been deactivated for 60 days and has been in quarantine for 7 days. The deactivation period is concluded by the domain name being deregistered and the quarantine period is concluded by the domain name being released on the release date. 

After a domain name is placed in quarantine, it is considered the property of Registry Services. This also means that the domain name cannot be reclaimed by the original registrant.