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AuDA Announces Changes To .AU Aftermarket

Following a review of the .AU secondary market, the .AU policy and regulatory body, auDA, has announced a number of changes to the aftermarket, or secondary market, down under.The changes come about following recommendations from the Secondary Market Working Group and the changes are that auDA should:

  • mandate a registrant transfer process, along the lines of the registrar transfer process; and
  • publish information for registrants about the registrant transfer process, including the fact that they can choose to transfer their domain name to another registrar prior to processing a change of registrant.
  • The six month prohibition on registrant transfers should be removed.
  • auDA should provide more information to the public about drop catching services, including clearly identifying the registrars that provide these services.
  • AusRegistry should clarify its process for changing the Registry Usage Policy, including timing of changes and communications with registrars.

Further, that auDA should publish a policy which:

  • clarifies that connection sharing between related registrars requires auDA’s prior written consent; and
  • specifically prohibits connection sharing between unrelated registrars.
  • AusRegistry should publish a document that provides general information about drop catching to all registrars.

The changes will be implemented in coming months alongside recommendations from the 2010 Names Policy Panel.Writing on the changes, Australian law firm Cooper Mills Lawyers noted “the most noteworthy change was the removal of the restriction on the resale of domain names. This policy was seen to be inconsistent and illogical by many industry players. The restrictions did not apply to domain names transferred but only on new registrations.”Some industry observers say that this decision effectively removes restrictions on the trading of domain names, and brings Australia into line with almost every other jurisdiction around the world.”Other changes included the provision of more information to consumer and registrants about domain name transfers and domain name drop services.”

Reliability, Stability, Trustworthiness: Three Key TLD Features Of A TLD

Reliability, stability, trustworthiness are three of the most important features of a TLD, and one of the main messages that auDA, the policy and regulatory body for .AU, has been striving to convey writes Chris Disspain, auDA CEO and these days also ICANN board member.”In fact, I’m pretty sure we have been banging on about the importance of trust ever since auDA was established and assumed responsibility for the operation of .AU,” writes Disspain.”The relevance of this message has been highlighted by recent developments that have negatively affected thousands of British companies” where there have been “legal and administrative battles surrounding the operation of ‘gb.com’, which offers third-level registrations as an alternative to .co.uk.”With the downtime that ensued from the .gb.com outage, Disspain writes “what the recent events surrounding gb.com do highlight is the types of added risks registrants expose themselves to by choosing to register in a space that is selling third level domains on a commercial basis as opposed to in a well-regulated domain with well-defined policy frameworks.”Another third level domain to launch as an alternative to the country code in recent days is com.de, promoted as an alternative to .DE. .DE and .UK are the two largest ccTLDs.A problem that can arise is if the business selling the third level domains goes out of business – you lose your domain name. “All of the marketing and promotional efforts you have made go down the drain and your business may follow soon after.””In contrast, registrants in a regulated space such as .com.au are afforded certain protections in the unlikely event of registrar failure and can recover their name and livelihood with the assistance of auDA and whichever registrar they choose to switch to.”Also, .AU has mechanisms built-in to deal with circumstances where you might find your business, trademark or other intellectual property rights infringed upon by a com.au registrant.”Disspain then writes that “another advantage of operating your business in a well-run domain is that doing so can resolve issues of confusion and trust for your most important stakeholders – your customers.”In conclusion Disspain writes, “all of these arguments tie back to one main issue – and the main motivation for this post – the importance of trust. Trust in the domain space you register in, trust in the security and stability of your commercial investment, and the trust your customers will have in your operations and the protection of their rights. All of these are vital drivers of success in the bricks-and-mortar world of business – and just as important online.”To read this full article by Chris Disspain, auDA CEO and as of June 2011 ICANN board member, go to:

.AU Celebrates 25th Birthday Looking Back To King Tut

The Australian ccTLD .AU turned 25 last week just three months after it reached the two million registrations landmark.The 25th birthday was celebrated at the Melbourne Museum where a presentation was given on the role of technology in ancient civilization as well as a tour of King Tutankhamun’s exhibition, currently exhibiting at the museum after showing in the United States and Europe..AU has grown rapidly in recently years, like many Top Level Domains, and auDA, the .AU policy and regulatory body, claims it is the largest regulated name space per capita. While .NL (Netherlands) has the highest number of registrations per capita with almost 4.5 million registrations for over 16.8 million people, it is a largely unregulated name space with few restrictions on who can register a domain name.In Australia, registrations are restricted to businesses or people with an Australian connection and the most popular second level domain, com.au, requires the registrant to be a registered business.Even with these restrictions .AU has grown to 2.05 million registrations as of April for a population of 21.8 million people putting it in the top 20 ccTLDs. According to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief for quarter one 2011, .AU was one of only seven ccTLDs in the top 20 to achieve four per cent quarter over quarter growth and one of only two, along with Canada’s .CA, to exceed 20 per cent year over year growth.The top five ccTLDs are Germany (.DE), currently with 14.4 million registrations, United Kingdom (.UK – 9.4m), .Netherlands (4.5m), European Union (.EU – 3.3m) while China (.CN – 3.4m, Feb 2011) and .RU (Russian Federation – 3.3m) battling it out for fifth place.The largest TLD is .COM with around 98 million registrations.To register your .AU domain name, check out Asia Registry here.

Two Million .AU Domains Registered

In the last 24 hours, the Australian ccTLD passed the two million base registrations landmark, the registry announced overnight Australian time.

.AU has been growing quickly in recent years following gradual relaxation of registration requirements. Originally a company name had to have a domain name that exactly matched, however as the market has matured, so have registrations requirements changed.

In 2002 au Domain Administration (auDA) introduced a new registry model with AusRegistry winning the tender to operate the registry. Back then there were 275,000 .AU domain names registered and .AU domains were commonly viewed as expensive and highly regulated.

With the relaxation has seen a steady increase in registrations, and .AU is one of the fastest growing ccTLDs according to VeriSign’s Domain Name Industry Brief. In their latest report, VeriSign notes that among the 20 largest ccTLDs .AU, along with .PL (Poland), .CA (Canada), and .CH (Switzerland) were the only four that exceeded four per cent quarter-over-quarter growth.

.AU and .PL also joined the .RU (Russian Federation) and the .US (United States) as top 20 ccTLDs exceeding 20 per cent year-over-year growth.

Of the top TLDs, .COM has the most registrations with around 93 million registrations. Following are .DE (Germany 14.24m) and .NET (approximately 12m) while .UK (United Kingdom) has 9.19 million registrations with a similar number for .ORG. There are over 205 million domain names registered globally across all TLDs VeriSign announced in their Domain Name Industry Brief as of the end of last December.

The original rules for .AU were originally written by Melbourne University academic Robert Elz who later passed on .AU management to a university company that later became Melbourne IT. Today the registry is managed by AusRegistry.

To register your .AU domain name, check out Asia Registry here.

Poker.com.au Sells For $100,00, But Government Gambling Restrictions Hold Back Price

Poker.com.au became one of the biggest sales of a .AU domain name this week when it sold for $100,000. However the price was held back by government restrictions on the advertising of interactive gambling services in Australia, David Lye from NetFleet told Smart Company.

“There is a Canadian equivalent, Poker.ca, that sold for $400,000 last year. Now, Canada has one-and-a-half times the population of Australia and that site commanded a price much, much higher,” Lye told Smart Company.

“One of the aspects involved in all of this is the legislation, and the legislation specifically prohibits the advertising of online interactive gambling. In theory, you cannot have an Australian website advertising these interactive gaming services, and the fines are large.”

To read this Smart Company report in full, click here.

AuDA Seeks Winding Up of Former Registrar Following Termination

AuDA has gone to court to seek to have one of its former registrars Australian Style – that traded as Bottle Domains, wound up, according to a ZDNet report.The action arises from court action where auDA terminated the registrar accreditation for Australian Style in July 2010 for what was described as a serious breach of its obligations under the Registrar Agreement.According to the ZDNet report, Australian Style lost the court case and the appeal and has been lumped with court costs amounting to over $373,000. auDA said it had served a statutory demand for payment, which Australian Style has not complied with.The issue first came to the notice of auDA in February 2009 when the .AU policy and regulatory body was notified by the Australian Federal Police that there had been a security incident which affected customers of Bottle Domains. Investigations by auDA discovered that Bottle Domains was the subject of an earlier security incident in April 2007, which auDA believes may have caused or contributed to the security incident in February 2009.Bottle Domains failed to notify auDA at the time of the April 2007 security incident, according to an auDA statement, which was a breach of its obligations under the Registrar Agreement. Bottle Domains also failed to take appropriate remedial security action and alert customers of the incident.These failures led to auDA’s decision to terminate Bottle Domains’ registrar accreditation on 15 April 2009, however the termination had been suspended pending the conclusion of legal proceedings.To register your .AU domain name, check out EuroDNS here.
To register your .AU domain name, check out Asia Registry here.

Public Consultation Opens .AU Registration Policies Review

Registration policies for .AU domain names are currently being reviewed by the 2010 Names Policy Panel as part of the regular consultation process that takes place with the Australian community.

Some of the key issues discussed by the panel and raised in the discussion paper include should:

  • the restriction on registrants being Australian remain in place
  • the fixed 2 year domain name licence period be changed
  • single character domain names (a-z, 0-9) be introduced
  • leasing of domain names be permitted
  • registrations be allowed at the second level, i.e. name.au
  • who is eligible to register a .AU domain name change
  • what type of second level domain name (e.g. COM.AU, ASN.AU, ORG.AU, NET.AU) registrants are eligible to register be changed
  • individuals be eligible to register domain name relating to personal interests (currently this is not allowed)
  • the Reserved List that includes a number of brand names be continued or changed
  • changes be made to the Domain Monetisation policy.

As a result of the consultation process, the panel will make recommendations to the auDA board on changes, if any, that they believe should be made to .AU registration policies.

AuDA has released an issues paper canvassing the issues involved with public comments due by 21 January 2011. Comments can be made by email or fax and there is also an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010namespolicysurvey covering the questions raised in the issues paper.

The 2010 Names Policy Panel was appointed by auDA in August 2010 to:

  • review the policy framework underlying the allocation and use of domain names in the .au domain space
  • provide recommendations to the auDA board about what changes (if any) should be made to the policy framework.

To read the discussion paper [PDF], see www.auda.org.au/document.php?documentid=1238

For further information, see www.auda.org.au/2010npp/2010npp-index/

Disclaimer: the author of this article is a member of the auDA 2010 Names Policy Panel

AuDA Reviews .AU WHOIS and Registrant Contact Policies

AuDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU domain space, has announced it is conducting a review of its WHOIS policy and its Registrant Contact Information Policy.

Closing date for comments by interested parties on the policy review is 15 October.

More information and links to the existing policies is available from www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-17092010.

.AU Domain Auction Closes Today!

The Netfleet domain name auction of a number of premium .AU domain names closes Friday afternoon Australian time at 15:00:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The domain names up for grabs are:

  • 3DProjector.com.au
  • AVShop.com.au
  • BackupPower.com.au
  • Blackberry.net.au
  • Boards.com.au
  • Cables.com.au
  • Camerapro.com.au
  • Chargers.com.au
  • CloudNetworking.com.au
  • DataRecoverySoftware.com.au
  • DigiCopy.com.au
  • DigitalCams.com.au
  • DownloadIt.com.au
  • ElectricalParts.com.au
  • Gadgetry.com.au
  • GamersNetwork.com.au
  • GamesNetwork.com.au
  • Gizmos.net.au
  • GlobalPositioning.com.au
  • GPSPro.com.au
  • Groups.com.au
  • HandHeld.com.au
  • HtmlCodes.com.au
  • MobileBackup.com.au
  • Mouse.net.au
  • MP3Players.com.au
  • MP3Playerstore.com.au
  • Network.com.au
  • NetworkStore.com.au
  • NewLaptop.com.au
  • Notebook.com.au
  • NotebooksOnline.com.au
  • PatchPanels.com.au
  • PCDealer.com.au
  • Printer.com.au
  • Printers.com.au
  • PrinterShop.com.au
  • ProjectorSales.com.au
  • Repair.com.au
  • Repairs.com.au
  • Restores.com.au
  • Router.com.au
  • SalePoint.com.au
  • Scanner.com.au
  • Screens.com.au
  • SecureDigitalCards.com.au
  • SecurityCams.com.au
  • Semiconductor.com.au
  • Server.com.au
  • Servers.com.au
  • SolarPowerChoices.com.au
  • SolarTiles.com.au
  • TechNews.com.au
  • Telecommuters.com.au
  • VideoCams.com.au
  • Wallpaper.com.au
  • WebsiteSoftware.com.au
  • WiMAX.com.au
  • Workstation.com.au

To bid on these domain names visit the Netfleet website and login with your Netfleet username and password, enter your maximum bid for any domain names you choose and click submit. The colour coded legend on the right will indicate how successful your bid was, showing either red, or green, with a full explanation of why (you were outbid, you are winning etc).

Netfleet have incorporated maximum bidding, or proxy bidding in to the platform. This means every bid you enter should be your maximum, and the system will automatically bid on your behalf, only ever $1 higher than the previous bid. For example, if you enter a bid of $200 for a domain, and another users subsequently bids $150, the system will automatically bid you up to $151, meaning you would still be winning the auction.

Bidding is underway right now, closing at Fri, 27th Aug 2010 15:00:00 AEST, so to secure your chance of acquiring one of these premium .au domain names, check out our Domain Aftermarket Auctions right now:

.AU/.NZ and .INFO Best Practice Awards Open

The registries for .AU (Australia) and .NZ (New Zealand), auDA and InternetNZ, have announced their Best Practice Awards for 2010 while .INFO registry Afilias has opened its fourth annual .INFO Awards programme.

The 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the security openness, diversity and accessibility of the internet.

The awards are based on the four main themes of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) with this year’s categories being:

  • Best Security Initiative – Initiatives that are at the forefront of developing solutions to security threats, building trust and confidence in the online environment
  • Best Openness Initiative – Initiatives that enable Internet users to benefit from increased access to online materials, knowledge or information
  • Best Access Initiative – Initiatives that aim to combat the digital divide, facilitating access for groups such as the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged
  • Best Diversity Initiative – Initiatives that encourage expressions of cultural diversity and identity, including the promotion of multilingualism and indigenous cultures online
  • Best Youth Initiative – A project led by an Australian or New Zealander who is under the age of 28 on 20 August 2010 and is eligible for entry under the four main categories.

Winners may also be showcased at Regional and International Internet Governance Forums as examples of Australian and New Zealand best practice.

The .INFO awards are into their fourth year and recognise the best .INFO websites around the world. From August 9th to September 10th any .INFO domain owner may submit their website to the .INFO Awards for a chance to win honours as the “Best .INFO website of 2010.”

“.INFO is an intuitive domain name choice for anyone looking to share their information with the world,” said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “.INFO has been the most successful new TLD ever launched, as evidenced by the millions of sites now operating worldwide. The .INFO Awards program not only gives us the opportunity to highlight the best .INFO sites from around the world, but also to allow Internet users to voice their support for their favourite ones.”

The winners of the 2010 .INFO Awards will be awarded the following cash prizes:

  • 1st Prize: US$7500
  • 2nd Prize: US$5000
  • 3rd Prize: US$3000.

For information on how to enter the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award, terms and conditions and details of previous winners see bestpracticeawards.org.au. Entries for the Awards close on 30 August 2010.

Information on the .INFO Awards is available at info-award.info.