Many registrants that I know haven’t as yet put a submission in (to the Policy Review Panel) with regards the potential implementation of direct registrations in Australia. Submissions close next Friday.
I know there is lots of commentary on forums and blogs, but this doesn’t help the PRP. If you want your opinion to be heard and counted, then you simply have to make a submission. As I wrote on October 17th:
“Everybody acknowledges that one of the complexities of introducing direct registrations is addressing prior rights of existing registrants and stakeholders – and doing so in a fair and equitable manner. In order for the PRP to make informed recommendations to the auDA Board, it’s important that registrants participate by lodging a submission on the questions in the Issues Paper (page 4). Deadline is 10th November.”
Some people have told me that the questions are not user friendly. If you find that to be the case, then simply answer what you can. It’s vital that you express your point of view.
These Are The Questions
1. What date should be chosen as the cut-off date for determining registrant eligibility for priority registration of the second level domain name, and why?
2. Should registrants of domain names at the fourth level within edu.au and gov.au be eligible for priority registration? If so, what rules should apply?
3. What process should be implemented to resolve competing claims to the same .au name and why? Should registrants whose claim is unsuccessful be given priority to register another second level domain name?
4. How much time should priority registrants have to exercise their right to register the matching second level name before it is made available to the public for registration?
5. Should certain names be reserved for future use as 2LDs? Please indicate which names and why they should be reserved as future 2LDs?
6. Are there names whose use is not prohibited at law that should be reserved?
7. Should names that are potentially confusing or misleading when registered at the second level be reserved (ie not available for registration)?
8. Should names that are a deliberate misspelling of the existing 2LDs be prohibited from being registered at the second level?
9. Should direct registration be implemented in .au using a staged process or concurrent reservation and open availability process, and why?
10. Should other registrants or rights holders be given priority during the landrush or reservation period to register a second level domain name (trademark owners)?
Submissions must be received no later than 10th November.
These can be emailed to [email protected] ; or posted to:
Policy Review Panel
c/o .au Domain Administration Ltd
PO Box 18315
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
♦ I am a member of the PRP, and have given my commitment as to the confidentiality of the process. Whilst you are welcome to make comments and ask questions, I may only be able to respond generally.
Ned O’Meara – 2nd November 2017