[LINK] Domain auctions and MelIT
Wed, 28 Jun 2000 18:42:53 +1000
You raise some interesting issues with regard to how domain names are
allocated in Australia. The auDA Name Policy Advisory panel has been set up
to examine exactly these kinds of issues. This panel held its first meeting
yesterday and will be reporting regularly on its progress. The panel
welcomes input from the public, so feel free to make a contribution. More
information is available at http://auda.org.au/panel/name.
At 05:11 PM 28/06/2000 +1000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>Had cause to visit http://www.shoutloud.com - a domains-for-auction site.
>I was there, I noticed three domain names in Australia up for auction
>Truly fascinating. I know people with real, active, legitimate businesses who
>can't get domain names that match their business names -- "too generic", for
>example, and "don't match your company name."
>Meanwhile we have one generic domain name for sale by somebody who
>business name, but no longer owns that business name - ie created a
>of nothing to get the domain name; another which looks similar, but at
>business name registration remains in force; and a third which is held in
>Australia for no better reason than it was registered in the UK.
>Um. Personal opinion only: the enforcement of domain name rules in this
>is frequently inconsistent, and seems weighted in favour of the clever at the
>expense of the genuine. And so the clever get to find someone to soak for a
>domain name; while the genuine can do the other thing. And the business has a
>market cap of how much?