auDA moves to abolish resale restrictions

05 09 2011

.au Domain Administrator, auDA, today announced that it had accepted the recommendations of the Secondary Market Working Group, which included the highly controversial prohibition on the resale of newly registered domain names within 6 months of registration.

Among the recommendations of the Board that were accepted by auDA are:

  1. mandate a registrant transfer process, along the lines of the registrar transfer process; and
  2. 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.
  3. The six month prohibition on registrant transfers should be removed.
  4. auDA should provide more information to the public about drop catching services, including clearly identifying the registrars that provide these services.
  5. AusRegistry should clarify its process for changing the Registry Usage Policy, including timing of changes and communications with registrars.
  6. 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.

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.



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