With all the contemplated and anticipated changes that auDA have basically committed to, the big one is of course Direct Registration. That is the ability to register a domain such as Domainer.au.
The purpose of this post is not to discuss or debate the merits of direct registration – it is to talk about the contentious cut-off date that auDA locked in a while back.
In simple terms, this means that anyone who has registered or purchased a domain before the 4th February 2018, has a priority access right to getting first dibs on the new .au (at this stage).
If you bought a domain on the expired auctions or did a hand registration at your favourite registrar after the 4th February 2018, you (at this stage) have two chances of getting a priority right to the .au. Buckley’s and none.
For clarity, if you purchased a domain privately or on the aftermarket in recent times that had not expired and was registered before 4th February 2018 (at this stage), you would keep the priority rights that the previous registrant had.
What the little bird said …
Because proposed implementation dates of just about everything have been pushed back “due to circumstances”, I have it on good authority that auDA is contemplating also pushing back the cut-off date. That makes a lot of sense to many.
But before they do this, I understand that they are going to go out to public consultation first.
So there are two possible results. First, the cut-off date remains the same (unlikely in my opinion); or it gets pushed back commensurately to take into account all the other delays. The latter seems highly probable – and would certainly be a popular and common sense decision.
But this is auDA we are talking about, so anything could happen!
What do you think?