Tuesday, 16 April 2019 05:02

auDA changes policy on domain name investing practices

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auDA, the organisation that manages the Australian domain namespace, has dropped some of the policy changes it had proposed following a meeting on Monday, after a detailed response to them from the Internet Commerce Association.

The ICA, a non-profit trade body representing domain name investors, website developers and related companies, had pointed out that a change to investing in domain names would affect the practice negatively.

In a statement issued six days before Monday's meeting, the ICA said: "While auDA has never had domain name investment-friendly policies, these new proposed changes make things decidedly worse and threaten the very existence of investment in Australian domain names."

On Monday, the ICA issued a statement congratulating Australian domain investors "on the rejection of certain proposed policy changes in the Australian namespace which would have had a detrimental effect on domain name investors and on the Australian namespace".

It said there was "no evidence that domain name flipping as an investment strategy is having a negative impact on the utility of the .au domain nor resulting in a scarcity of domain names” and that “the PRP (policy review panel) has not provided any evidentiary material on which to assess the nature of the warehousing problem and what, if any, action is required”.

auDA has not issued any statement about these changes.

The ICA statement said the auDA management had “abolished” the domain monetisation rule for the com.au and net.au namespaces.

“A person….will be able to use [their domain name] for any legitimate purpose, including domain name monetisation or domain name investment. This is consistent with the approach in other ccTLDs, including .ca, .nz, .fr, .uk and .de domains," it said.

"The ICA believes that the rejection of these proposed policies will ensure the continued viability and success of the .au namespace and expresses its appreciation for auDA management’s clear rejection of these wrongheaded policy proposals which would have dramatically affected domain name investment in Australia."


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